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Local Education

March 5, 2014

Anderson Schools confirm child left unattended, asleep on bus


Anderson Community Schools have confirmed that a child was left unattended on a school bus last month after falling asleep on the way home from school.

Joseph A. Cronk, chief operations officer for ACS, said Wednesday that the incident occurred Feb. 20 while bus 301 was making its afternoon run. The bus is part of a contracted fleet operated by ABBCO Transportation, he said.

"The driver did not notice the child and exited the bus when the bus was parked at its fleet facility," Cronk said.

The child was on the bus less than 20 minutes before being found "safe and still asleep by the fleet owner," Cronk said.

Calls to ABBCO Transportation seeking comment about the incident were not returned Wednesday.

Cronk said the incident was reported to state officials as required by law. The driver, who worked for ABBCO Transportation "is no longer driving any ACS routes," Cronk said.

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