A 64-year-old school bus driver from Brant County has been charged with careless driving after a five-year-old child was dragged by a school bus.
According to Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), on Nov. 1, round 3:56 p.m., officers responded to Mount Pleasant simply south of Brantford, Ont.
“It was determined a five-year-old child was attempting to get off a school bus when the doors closed, trapping part of the child’s body,” OPP mentioned in a information launch. “The bus travelled 15 to 20 feet with the child’s legs dangling outside the bus before it stopped.”
According to OPP, the bus was functioning correctly on the day of the incident.
“My understanding is that the bus was checked for mechanical health and located to be in correct working order,” OPP Const. Conrad Vitalis instructed CTV News. “No issues that way, so it wasn’t a malfunction of the door.”
Police mentioned there isn’t a lot a mum or dad may do to keep away from this example, however counsel being across the space to assist their child as they enter and exit the school bus.
“I’ve seen some parents where they actually kind of approach the bus or line themselves up with the open doors, engage the bus driver, that might be one more step where the bus driver sees you, has a better sight line of you and the children,” said Vitalis.
The incident was captured on video by a home security camera and shared with CTV News by the child’s father, Derek Tappen.
The footage shows Tappen’s oldest son getting off the bus safely, but his youngest son, five-year-old William, gets pinned by the closing doors.
“Before he could move away from the bus, the doors closed in on him, pinching him against the bottom step with his feet out,” Tappen mentioned. “He was dragged the length of a school bus.”
It occurred outdoors the household’s dwelling.
Derek Tappen’s sons, William is on the correct. (Submitted)
“I immediately started screaming for the bus to stop,” Tappen mentioned. “I think some of the kids heard me, and they made a large racket as well that caused the bus driver to stop.”
William was left with some scrapes, however his father says the best impression has been emotional.
“He doesn’t want to get back on the school bus for any reason,” Tappen mentioned. “So I have been driving him and picking him up everyday.”
Tappen is asking for security adjustments in response to the incident and needs sensors put in on school bus doorways.
CTV News has discovered the identical bus firm can also be investigating what it referred to as “a similar event” in the identical space earlier this fall.
The firm referred to as the incidents a “major issue” and mentioned it has launched a “crisis management program” in response.