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January 18, 2014

Child in bus incident returns to school

NEW CASTLE — A child whose backpack had been caught in a school bus door was in class Friday.

Ellwood City school superintendent Frank Aloi said the girl was in school and had not been seriously injured in the incident, which occurred around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Blue Jay Avenue and Raymond Street in Perry Township.

Aloi said the buses and drivers are those of Ellwood City Transit Co., which has a contract with the district to transport its students.

The driver involved was Christine Lee Sabatino, 46, of Ellwood City, according to state police.

“We have suspended the driver and it’s under investigation,” Joshua Coonfare, the manager of Ellwood City Transit, said Friday. The child was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, he said, and did not go to the hospital. He said four children were on the bus at the time.

“They are reviewing the incident and so are we, and we will respond accordingly to what we find out,” Aloi said.

The girl had been dragged for about a block before anyone realized her backpack was caught in the door, Aloi added.

According to police, the bus was westbound on Blue Jay Avenue and had stopped to let off students. The girl got off the bus and when the driver closed the door, her backpack was caught.

Police said the driver did not see the girl had been caught and proceeded south onto Raymond Street, then onto Lyndhurst Lane and stopped in the 500 block when she realized the girl was stuck.

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