The child's backpack got stuck in the double doors of the bus as she tried to exit.
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In 2015, a 6-year-old girl's bag got caught between the doors of a JCPS bus and she was dragged at least 1000 feet before the vehicle came to a stop. In the bus-camera footage of the incident obtained by WAVE 3 News, the moment where the child's backpack gets caught in the doors is captured on video. One can also see that she attempted to free herself but was given only a few seconds before the driver started to drive from the stop. First-grader Ally Rednour was forced to run alongside the vehicle before falling and being dragged, reports The New York Post. “Oh my God, oh my God!” the shocked bus driver screams after noticing the child.
A new video shows the terrifying moments when a 6-year-old child was dragged by a school bus in 2015.— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) July 14, 2021
The Kentucky girl ended up with nerve damage and severe abrasions, according to a lawsuit filed against the driver. She also underwent several surgeries and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, it said. The driver, Melinda Sanders, was fired after a school district investigation found she didn’t watch as the child got off the bus. A lawsuit was filed against the driver and Jefferson County Public School in 2018. The civil trial against the driver began this week. Attorneys claimed that the young girl was dragged 1,147 feet. It took another car honking at her before Sanders realized what was happening. WPSD reports that Sanders and the Jefferson County School District are facing the lawsuit over claims of negligence.
Attorneys for the family of the Wilkerson Traditional Elementary School student have accused the driver and school district of breaking 16 integral bus-driving rules the day the incident took place. Getting on or off a bus is one of the most critical times that a bus driver should remain vigilant. “The loading and unloading of children is the moment of truth. Let nothing distract you,” said one of the attorneys in court. “Yes,” Sanders replied. “What does that mean to you?” the attorney asked. “It means a lot to me, and I wish, Mr. Paulus, that I had followed that, that day,” said Sanders. “I can’t take that day back.” The girl's attorney is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
The Daily Mail reports that Ally Rednour suffered abrasions to 12% of her body. Her pediatric surgeon Dr. Sheldon Bond explained to the court, "We had some skin loss here and some skin loss there [points to each leg]. This was a very big abrasion which was scrubbed." The then 6-year-old was taken to the hospital for her injuries and was released two days later. JCPS school bus driver and trainer Katrina Ferral described the incident as "horrible" and said drivers are required to make sure that kids are 10 feet from the bus before pulling away as part of safety protocol. "You watch them get off the bus, you close the door. When they're away from the bus, close the door, you look in that mirror and you watch them. They have to be 10 feet away before you pull off," she said.