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Friday, January 31, 2014

A school bus driver said she was treated for hypothermia at a hospital emergency room last week after her employer ignored her repeated pleas that her bus be replaced with one with a working heater during subzero conditions.

Elisha Jones, a driver for Illinois Central School Bus, which provides service to Wheaton schools, spoke with Wheaton Patch Monday afternoon about the incident on Thursday. Jan. 23.


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Jones said when she first got on her bus about 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, she complained that it was cold, but her supervisors insisted the bus would warm up before she picked up the first children on her route.

They were wrong, Jones said, adding that children complained about hold cold it was inside the bus as they were boarding.

She said she first called the company's dispatchers about 7:25 a.m. to let them know the bus was not warming up and that she felt the lack of heat was inappropriate for the children and herself. Jones said she asked for a replacement bus but her request was denied.

They told me there was no other bus available," she said.

Jones said she called the dispatcher about 15 minutes later, repeating her request for a replacement bus with heat. She said she reiterated her request several more times over the course of about 40 minutes, during which she said her hands and feet were beginning to hurt from the cold.

Finally she was instructed to stop the bus and wait for a replacement. Jones said she and the children stayed inside the bus, waiting and hoping for the arrival of a warmer vehicle. The minutes dragged on without relief.

Meantime, Jones said other drivers who had completed their routes stopped by, offering to take the children in her bus to Monroe Middle School. The other drivers also radioed dispatchers with their offers of help, but the offers of assistance were denied.

"They said no, they absolutely could not transport the children on another bus," said Jones, who added that by this time, she was in tears from the pain in her feet and hands caused by the cold, which also had her shivering hard.


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Workers Comp attorneys are licking their chops for a chance to get at this one.

#1 | Posted by CalifChris at 2014-01-31 02:59 PM | Reply | Flag:


yeah....someone will probably get this

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2014-01-31 03:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

"the medical staff told her she was suffering from hypothermia and that she was on the verge of frostbite."

She probably had "mild" hypothermia at the worse since she was discharged. The last time I saw a diagnosis of "on the verge of frostbite", it certainly doesn't connote an injury of any kind so a workers' compensation claim is without merit. Of course it depends on each state's individual laws. If you have a crazy leftie state, the law might have a pain and suffering component to it. Then she might get something out of it. Since Illinois is one of those nutty states, who knows.

#3 | Posted by matsop at 2014-01-31 03:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

I knew most school buses were dated pieces of crap.

Didn't know they were this bad.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-01-31 03:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

OK, bus didn't work. People got cold. Every body's fine.

Why is this news?

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-01-31 05:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

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