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November 23, 2010  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Student frees bus driver from seat belt following accident


CHATHAM, Ontario — A student from St. Ursula Roman Catholic School helped to free his bus driver from a seat belt after the bus flipped over on a muddy road on Monday.

Alex Waddick, 12, followed driver Phil Piggott's instructions and cut him from his seat belt with a knife. Once Piggott was free, he and the five students on board the bus escaped through the emergency roof hatch, The Toronto Sun reports.

Assistant Fire Chief Ray Stone told the news source that a municipal road crew had been called to inspect the road, as it was in poor condition. Officials from the Chatham-Kent Police Service said the accident was under investigation.

No one was seriously injured in the accident.

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I wonder whose knife they used? Why not use the safety belt cutter in the bus? In Michigan, we have the safety cutter velcroed near the driver, easily accessible in every bus. I believe we started doing that in response to Federal Head Start Safety Audit requirements. Perhaps this district did not apply the Federal guidelines to buses not involved with Head Start? We decided any bus in our fleet MIGHT be placed in a sub role at some time, and applied the standards across the fleet.

Brad Mellor    |    Nov 29, 2010 05:00 AM

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