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November 23, 2013

Bus put out of service after hose leak

Inspection uncovers rupture near heater box

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Of the 46 South Madison Community buses inspected this year, 76 percent were approved, with 15 percent ordered to be repaired and 9 percent ordered out of service.

Matlock said there a lot of things that can contribute to a bus not passing an inspection. Some of the reasons for failure for South Madison ranged from the simple — like a turn signal not working — to more complicated fixes, such as a brake line being chafed or cracked.

Regardless, Matlock said 76 percent is not where the corporation wants to be.

"We certainly hope to improve on that," he said. "We'd like to be in the 100 percentile, and we think we can get there."

No additional ailments of students on the bus had been brought to Matlock's attention.

Maple Ridge's Principal John Lord said after the incident every child on the bus was checked by EMTs at the school. The child who was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital for burns to the legs was released later the same day.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call 640-4847.

Inspection grades from corporations in Madison County School Corporation Total Buses Inspected Percentage of Buses Approved Anderson Community 153 68 percent Alexandria Community 23 30 percent Elwood Community 23 100 percent Frankton-Lapel Community 50 92 percent Liberty Christian School 3 67 percent Anderson Prep. Academy 3 100 percent Madison-Grant United 26 77 percent

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