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Bus problems have parents concerned


When parents put their children on a school bus, they expect them to be safe. However, some Savannah-Chatham County parents say their child's bus ride is not.

Katherine Chambers says the door to her daughter's bus is broken and flies open while the bus is moving. She says this has been a problem since the start of the school year.

Chambers showed WTOC video her daughter recorded on her cell phone with the bus door open while the bus is moving.

WTOC has confirmed with the district that the bus door is broken and unable to close properly or completely.

Chambers says she fears for her daughter's safety as well as the safety of other students on the bus.

"The door just comes open and it's not safe. Something needs to be done," says Chambers.

Chambers says a broken door isn't the only problem with her daughter's bus.

"One windshield wiper is inoperable. Our students are on the bus with only one operable windshield wiper."

Kurt Hetager, spokesperson for SCCPSS, says the district is working with First Student, the private Cincinnati based company that provides bus service for the nearly 22,000 students who ride the bus.

Hetager says both the district and First Student are aware of the bus' mechanical problems, and are working to fix the problems immediately.

"We learned of the malfunction with the door. Once it was brought to our attention, First Student pulled the bus off of the route, and it's in maintenance right now being worked on to rectify the situation," says Hetager.

Chambers says her daughter is still riding the bus but plans to get her a car if necessary. She wants the problem fixed soon.

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