Law enforcement and district officials immediately sprang into action when a school bus full of children disappeared for nearly an hour on its way to a New Jersey elementary school.
The bus took the children to the bush. Horeb School in Warren Township on Thursday morning, but it never reached its destination, the district and police said in a statement. statement.
«School and district officials immediately begin working with the district’s transportation provider and the Warren Township Police Department to locate the bus,» the statement read.
The bus was found a short time later. District Superintendent Matthew Mingle and Warren Police Chief William Keane said in the statement that the driver, who has not been identified, had suffered a medical emergency and became disoriented. The driver «left Warren and stopped at a parking lot in Bridgewater,» a township about 6 miles from the school.
While entering the parking lot, the driver struck a parked vehicle, according to the statement.
Bridgewater Police Chief John Mitzak said NBC New York that the 80-year-old bus driver struck the rear of a flatbed trailer. The bus was found nearly an hour after he went missing, the news station reported.
«The officers… saw that the driver was still trying to maneuver the bus. They got on the bus, parked the bus, moved the driver to another seat, and then began escorting the children off the bus,» he said.
About 20 children, from kindergarten to fifth grade, were riding the bus, according to the chief. Mingle and Keane said none of the children were hurt and they were put on a new bus and taken to school.