A student fell out of the bus on his way to school Friday morning, Aberdeen Police Captain John Green tells us at about 8:32 A.M. the Aberdeen Police Department responded to a report of a student falling out of an Aberdeen School District bus while it was moving.
According to the bus driver, he had just made the last pick-up and was heading to Stevens school. The driver told the investigating officer that he was travelling at about 20 to 25 miles per hour when the passenger side emergency door opened, sounding the alarm. The driver said he looked in his mirror and saw that he believed to be a backpack and then realized it was a student “rolling” beside the bus. The driver said he stopped immediately and went to check on the child. Green said the student is a seven year old male who attends Stevens School. The Aberdeen Fire Department responded and treated the child. He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Aberdeen School District Superintendent Tom Opstand said this afternoon “We had an incident this morning in the Aberdeen School District where a seven year old student fell out of one our school bus side emergency exits on the way to school this morning. We are continuing to investigate the incident and will be working in cooperation with the Aberdeen Police Department. The bus was inspected by the State Patrol and found to be functioning properly. The young student was checked out by Grays Harbor Community Hospital and released to his parents. He is doing well and resting at home. I am sure you can understand that we do not know very much at this point, but now that the emergency is over we will continue gather information and work with our insurance carrier on a final report.”
As a matter of procedure, the driver was drug tested by the school district and the Washington State Patrol was called to conduct an inspection of the 2015 Thomas Bus.
It is not believed at this time that the child suffered serious injuries as he fell away from the bus. Green said the investigation is continuing.