Students describe scary ride home on Columbus school bus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Some students from Cedarwood Elementary School said their ride home Monday was one they won't forget.
The students said the driver assigned to their route became lost soon after pulling away from school grounds.
"It was really scary," said Cedarwood Elementary fourth grader Niciyah Austin.
Austin called her family with her cell phone to tell them where the bus was and that some students were upset. Soon, her older sister and dad were trailing the bus.
Family members said they tried to talk to the driver when he stopped.
"My dad got out, goes over to the bus, tried to talk to him, but the driver ignored him," said Naliyah Austin.
The family said the driver later pulled over at the Indian Mound Recreation Center where some students got off the bus.
Columbus City School spokesperson Scott Varner said the initial investigation showed the driver was not out of control. Varner added the driver was new to the route, and not familiar with directions or student stops.
Varner said bus routes routinely change for drivers throughout the year. He said the driver was delayed while seeking help from dispatchers to get the bus back on the correct route. Varner added the transportation department will continue to investigate, and appropriate action will be taken by the district if needed.