Slick roads make for long bus rides

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Slick roads caused plenty of accidents Thursday, many involving cars, some even involving school buses. Mystic Matthews has the details.

The roads have cleared up considerably since school let out Thursday afternoon. Both Sherman and Denison ISD transportation officials say bus rides home were lengthy ones, but thankfully all the kids made it home safely.

Snow started falling at noon on Thursday and by the time buses began to bring kids home, many roads were already impassable.

Roger Napier, a bus driver with Denison ISD says, “Routes were taken 2 1/2 to 3 hours because of the weather. Traffic was bad, along with the snow and all the hills in Denison.”

Two Denison ISD buses got stuck, one on Walker and 7th and one near Cross Timber Estates Drive and Mountain Creek Drive, east of Denison. No children were stranded when the bus got stuck, but Napier says it will have to stay there until they can get a wrecker. “If the bus stays stuck, we'll probably come out here Friday morning when it’s cleared off and get the bus out.”

Sherman Transportation Director Randy Reddell says no SISD buses had accidents, but a few did slide off the pavement. Dale LaFoy says his child was on a special needs bus that got stuck in his driveway. “Its kind of scary watching it slide into the ditch. It’s nobody's fault. The ice and everything just carried it when he tried to make the turn into the driveway.”

LaFoy says a man with a bulldozer saw it on First News at Six and headed out to help. “He said I'm 15 minutes away. He came out in a big front end loader, pulled the bus out of the ditch and got the bus to the house. We had a handicapped child that couldn't get off. So he'd been sitting on the bus all that time.”

LaFoy says even though the bus was stuck in his drive for an hour and a half, he didn't mind because the kids were not hurt.

Even though some kids didn't make it home until 6:00pm, transportation officials say they all got home safely. “Safety of the kids is priority number one. We get them home always, no matter how long it takes. Parents call and we tell them we'll be there as soon as we can.”

Friday morning's bus routes could be just as bad if the roads freeze overnight. So Denison's transportation manager says he will be out at 3:00am checking the roads to see if it’s safe for buses to drive.

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