LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Jefferson County Public Schools administrators have launched an investigation after a bus dragged a small child at least 100 feet Friday afternoon in Valley Station.
A girl, who is either 5 or 6 years old, was getting off of JCPS bus No. 0148 from Wilkerson Elementary School around 4 p.m. Friday when her backpack got stuck in the door, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
Police said the bus dragged the child about 100 feet, yet neighbors described the distance as being at least a football field, between a former liquor store on Johnsontown Road and the 6600 block of Morning Star Way.
The bus driver didn't stop until the driver of a red Chevy Camaro sped up to the bus with its horn blaring and got the bus to stop.
Mitchell said the child suffered road rash and was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital for treatment. The girl's condition has not been released, but she's expected to recover from her injuries.
"She was talking and, at the end, she wanted to see her mommy," said neighbor Esther Karschner, who saw the incident. "I am thankful, very thankful (that the girl wasn't more badly hurt)."
LMPD's Third Division officers are also investigating.
Surveillance video from neighbor Tom Carman's home shows the girl being dragged along the ground, hanging from the door of the bus. Carman questioned how the driver, who sat only feet away from the door, didn't see the child.
"I just couldn't believe he drug her from the corner down to here without knowing," Carman said. "I couldn't believe it -- bouncing all the way down the street. It was bad."
Calls to the bus drivers' union president, John Stovall, were not returned. It was unclear when the investigation would be completed.