Boy Dragged After Jacket Caught In School Bus Door

A 9-year-old Tennessee boy was dragged for about 100 feet after his jacket became caught in a school bus door.

The boy was treated for cuts and bruises after the Friday accident.

A Knox County sheriff's spokeswoman told The Knoxville News Sentinel the boy was not a regular rider of the bus.

The boy tried to step into the bus following a girl who was a regular rider, but the door closed, catching his jacket.

A Knox County Schools spokesman said the bus was owned by a contractor. It has been impounded for state inspection. No citation was issued.


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  • by Wild Grain and Oats Location: Beaufort County on Feb 21, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    I can not believe this happened its shameful. I know bus drivers in Beaufort County and they told me if this happened to them they would be fired that there transportation would wave good bye to you. He drills them about safety and looking to make sure kids are sitting down. Maybe this driver needs to come and have Keith Whitley or Mr. Horton teach them how to drive. I am glad my child has the driver they have.
  • by former bus driver Location: goldsboro,nc on Feb 21, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    As a former bus driver I can not believe this driver did not see this child.Anyone would have seen this.The driver should be charged for failure to look before proceeding.I would take this to the highest court.I hope the driver is out of a job.
  • by Sue Location: Bath on Feb 21, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    Isn't it the responsibility of the bus driver to make sure the door is closed and that the children are in seats before taking off?
  • by Dave on Feb 21, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    What a drag.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    shakeema ....What excuse?
  • by Michelle Location: greenville on Feb 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    As a teacher assistant and bus driver, I don't understand how the driver missed this child except for pure negligence...I am constantly reviewing the front, sides, and as much of the rear as possible but I guess some drivers are in to much of a hurry to think about safety. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for both.
  • by shakeema Location: kinston on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    the excuse that is being given has nothing to do with rules and regulations for driving the school bus.
  • by Connie Location: Washington on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    Couldn't the bus driver see the boy was caught before taking off with the bus? Hope the little fella wasn't hurt bad.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Driver was probably talking on a cell phone.
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