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January 19, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Driver trapped under bus for 50 minutes


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HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A Hood River County School District bus driver was trapped for 50 minutes beneath her bus on Tuesday afternoon after it slid sideways while she was inspecting a possible broken tire chain, police said.

Meridith Cole was transporting students on a highway when she pulled the bus onto the shoulder to check the chain. While she was outside, the bus slid, trapping her face down in the snow underneath the door.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Odell Fire Department and Oregon State Police troopers responded to the scene. With the assistance of a tow truck traveling through the area on another call, emergency personnel raised the bus off Cole and removed her.

Cole was initially transported by ambulance to a local hospital. She was later transferred to a medical center in Portland, Ore., where she was in fair condition Wednesday morning.

According to the Hood River County School District, the four children on Cole's bus were picked up from the scene and taken to the district's Mid Valley Elementary School, where their parents were contacted. They were not injured.

 


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Has anyone else noticed that it is ALWAYS the driver's fault? it doesn't matter what happens, it is always the driver. I had never considered how stupid someone would have to be to want to drive a bus before I read all the comments after something happens. I guess we could see if we could hire a firing squad for each bus and if anything happens they could just go ahead and shoot the driver (we already know it was their fault anyway)

Anonymous    |    Feb 01, 2012 10:09 AM

isnt the first rule u dont get off the bus with kids onboard?! if u have a problem u always call your disbatcher! second if your going to check something under the bus u should chock your wheels and if its snow and ice and bus could slide forget it! sorry but this driver didnt think! hope shes ok and thinks next time.

julia lavalette    |    Jan 20, 2012 04:01 PM

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