HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Susquehanna Township mother is still trying to fathom how her 5-year-old daughter was left on a school bus with no heat on a bone-chilling morning.
Melisa Gregory said her daughter fell asleep while riding the bus to school Tuesday.
Sierra is a student at Sara Lindemuth Elementary School. She was alone and cold for about 45 minutes while the bus was parked at a terminal. Then Sierra woke up, cried and found her way to the bus terminal.
Sierra was later found by a maintenance worker and driven to school by a busing supervisor, according to Gregory.
“I feel bad the whole incident happened. I am very, very happy it ended well,” Gregory said. “I know it was an accident. I know it didn’t happen on purpose, but it could happen to any bus driver so they should really be aware of checking the buses every day.”
A spokesperson with the Susquehanna Township School District said busing is contracted to Rohrer Bus Services.
The spokesperson confirmed the event, calling it “absolutely unacceptable,” and said the district is working with the company to review safeguards to prevent future incidents.
ABC 27 was told the bus driver is expected to perform routine checks of the bus after student transport and has been suspended pending an investigation.
Gregory said she was contacted by the district in a timely manner.
Repeated phone calls to Rohrer Bus Services for comment were not returned Wednesday.