WYANDOTTE A 15-year-old Wyandotte girl was dragged about 400 feet by a school bus Tuesday, escaping with only scrapes and bruises despite one leg having been run over.
It happened about 3:30 p.m. Sydney Pierce, an eighth-grader at Wyandotte Schools, was getting off the bus when the strap of her book bag got caught on the inside railing of the bus. As her arm was entangled in the strap, the bus door closed.
The bus started moving and pulling me, Sydney said Thursday. I started running. I was trying to get my arm out of the strap and to keep up with the bus, but I fell down, and it dragged me (on my stomach).
When bag's strap broke, she flipped over and could see the bus wheels moving, she said. I curled into a ball except my right leg, which was run over, Sydney said. I thought I was going to die.
Wyandotte Superintendent Troy Gray released a statement saying that to the best of my knowledge, the student was released from the hospital, is at home and plans to return to school on Monday.
Due to an ongoing investigation, and the privacy rights of the individuals involved, we are unable to release any other information at this time.
Rhonda Pierce, Sydney's mother, also declined to identify the bus driver, saying she preferred that the school release the information.
He feels horrible about the accident, Rhonda Pierce said.
She said the family doesn't plan any legal action against the school and assumes that the school will take care of Sydney's medical bills.
The school bus driver was talking on his cell phone, which was not his normal practice, Sydney said.
I don't want him fired. He is just a nice guy and it was an accident, she said.
As Sydney lay on the muddy road bleeding, the bus driver made another stop, dropping off two students, and noticed the broken book bag in the bus door. He then saw Sydney lying in the road.
The driver telephoned for help and ran to get Sydney's parents.
She is banged up with lots of scrapes, abrasions, contusions and bruises, Rhonda Pierce said.
Along with the bruises and contusions, the right side of Sydney's face is covered with scrapes, and she can't walk or move her right leg.
I'm just pretty sore, Sydney said.
Her right knee still shows the waffle tire mark, her mother said.