A Lakota Bus driver who swerved off the road last week was
not texting and driving according to Lakota officials.
Last week, several parents complained that the bus driver of
bus #49, that services Van Gordon Elementary School, was texting and driving causing
the bus to go off the side of the road. But a week-long investigation conducted
by the Lakota School District and the Petermann Bus Company found no evidence
that the bus driver was texting and driving. The investigation included looking
at the driver's phone records.
According to Lakota's Chief Operations Officer Chris
Passarge, the bus driver said in her statement that another bus traveling in
the opposite direction was too close to center, forcing her to swerve off the
Passarge says the driver stated that no children complained
of injuries or appeared shaken up from the incident, and did not feel it
necessary to file a report.
The driver is still on paid administrative leave.
Passarge says the drivers certification was scheduled to
expire at the end of the year. Peterman and the Lakota School district is
having the bus driver go through a 3-5 day recertification process after the
Labor Day holiday. If the driver passes, she'll be put back on the road on a
different bus route.