School bus driver fired after dragging Louisville student

An emergency personnel looks inside a school bus after the bus went off a Houston freeway and rolled in southeast Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Houston Independent School District says a girl died in Tuesday morning's accident. Emergency responders say the student was dead at the scene. Officials are trying to determine what caused the crash. A district spokeswoman says it appears the bus went off an overpass. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools has fired the bus driver who inadvertently dragged a 7-year-old girl about 500 feet when her backpack became caught in the door.

Multiple media outlets report that driver Melinda Sanders was fired in June after her employers determined she had failed to follow proper procedure during the May 15 incident.

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Louisville Metro Police says Wilkerson Elementary School first-grader Ally Rednour was getting off the bus that afternoon when the door closed on her backpack, trapping her alongside the vehicle as it drove away. Rednour was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was released two days later.

The district said in a letter to Sanders that she was distracted by talking to another student and had failed to check the stairwell before closing the door.


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