School bus monitor falls from moving bus

Posted on August 18, 2014

GRAY, Ky. — A school bus monitor was critically injured when she fell from her bus as it was moving on Wednesday, police said.

The Kentucky State Police reported that around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, a clipboard that had been stored under the dash fell from the storage compartment and landed in the stairwell of the Knox County Public Schools bus. The bus monitor, Sueanne Sizemore, 63, left her seat and entered the stairwell to retrieve the clipboard.

The bus driver, William Reeder, told investigators that he glanced over to make sure that Sizemore did not lose her footing while leaning over. When he moved his eyes back to the roadway, the bus had left the lane of travel. Reeder said that the bus was about to strike some mailboxes, and he swerved to avoid impact.

Police said that the sudden maneuver caused Sizemore to lose her balance and fall through the closed bus doors. She struck the pavement and rolled into a ditch, leaving her unconscious.

Sizemore was airlifted from the scene to a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She was listed in critical condition.

Investigators said that the bus doors require 43 pounds of pressure to be forced open without the use of the opening lever.

“Once Sizemore fell against the doors, they easily opened, allowing her to fall from the bus,” Kentucky State Police officials said in a news release. “Once the force is removed, the doors automatically return to their closed position.”

The incident is being investigated by Trooper Sammy Faris.

Related Topics: aide/monitor, Kentucky, law enforcement

Comments ( 1 )
  • Alexander Rogge

     | about 4 years ago

    Safety violation #1: Don't stand forward of the first row of seats while the bus is in motion. Safety violation #2: Don't drive in a distracted manner while operating a bus. It's a pet peeve of mine to see bus monitors and other school employees not following the safety rules. From seatbelts to yelling in a distracting manner, they think that they're exempt from safety rules, while demanding that everyone else follow the rules. If you stand in the stairwell of a bus or in the driver's well while the bus is moving, that's your assumed risk and your fault for being injured. If you sit where you know that you could go through the windshield during a collision, and you were provided with a proper seatbelt system but didn't use it, that's also your fault for not using it if you get injured during a collision or other maneuver. It's hypocritical when the bus monitor or educator stands up and yells down the bus aisle about sitting properly, being quiet, not blocking the aisle, using the seatbelts and so on, but then proceeds to violate all of the rules that she just yelled about. It's do as I say, not as I do. The safety rules are there for everyone to follow because hazardous things can happen on the road, even when the driver does everything right, and the adult passengers should be setting the example for everyone else to follow.

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