Stories like these make me feel a little better about the fact that I take and pick up my kids from school everyday. It might be tough waking up extra early to beat the traffic or sitting in the car line for 20 minutes before everyone else, but when it comes to my kids and roads, safety is everything for me.
According to a new report, Chelsea Klepzig, a 1st grader at Union Cross Elementary School in North Carolina almost lost her life because her school bus driver didn’t realize that he was dragging the poor girl from outside of the vehicle for over a mile! The bus driver, who was actually a 78-year-old substitute, apparently closed the door on her arm before driving off.
Here’s a little more:
Chelsea’s grandmother, Estrella Klepzig, told WGHP-TV that she saw the horrific event unfold on Monday afternoon. She had been waiting at her bus stop to drive the girl home, and upon seeing her granddaughter get stuck, she followed the bus and attempted to get the driver’s attention, to no avail.
“If he was following any kind of procedure that he should be following, why didn’t he notice that my child didn’t make it around the front of the bus?” her father, John Klepzig, said. “Just to realize what had happened to her — it just tore me up.”
First off, I don’t know how it’s possible that this little girl managed to walk away from this horrible accident unscathed and second, it kind of concerns me that we have 78-year-olds still working a bus drivers on our roads. Chelsea’s family is so lucky that nothing serious happened, but I don’t want to find out what would happen if things took a turn for the worse in a similar situation.
Thoughts, Hot Moms?