SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers Central School District is waiting on law enforcement to release more details about a bus driver removed from his route during an afternoon run last week when students complained of his erratic driving.
Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch sent out an email to parents and faculty today, Tuesday, Dec. 17, about the incident that happened on a route from Primrose and Somers Intermediate School last week.
Additionally, Blanch said the district has been communicating with parents of that route through phone calls and emails.
Without the results of a police investigation, however, the district has limited information. Here's what they know so far:
- The driver was driving erratically and students were understandably upset.
- The district's transportation director contacted the driver on the hand-held radio and told him to stop where he was. When the transportation director caught up with the driver, he claimed he had taken medicine for a cold.
- While the transportation director was helping the students and supporting the parents who had arrived, the Royal Coach Terminal Manager transported the driver to the bus garage.
- EMTs, and shortly thereafter a New York State Trooper arrived at the bus garage and the decision was made to transport the driver to the hospital.
- The case has been assigned to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office and the district is awaiting news from them. It is the district's understanding that no arrest has been made.
- A new driver has been assigned to Bus P, and the district said the new driver is a trusted Somers Central School District driver of five years and a volunteer firefighter in town.
"Since this is an ongoing police investigation, and no arrest has been made, we have no other information to share at this moment," Blanch said. "We do not yet know what the investigation will reveal. While law enforcement is examining the bus driver's actions, we are conducting a thorough review of how this situation was handled by the district and will share that analysis when our review is complete."
The district said it would provide more information to parents when police release details of their investigation.