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DES shares narrative account of school bus accident that killed dog

The Department of Education Services told Cayman 27 its transportation contractor has given its narrative of an incident where a dog was struck and killed by a school bus.

The DES said, according to the bus company, the bus was traveling on Democracy Drive in Savannah, where the dog was dragging a bag of trash along the side of the road.

Somehow, as the bus passed, the dog was struck by the rear wheels.

The DES said the bus driver got out of the bus to investigate and spoke with two neighbors who witnessed the accident before continuing on to deliver the children to school.

The Education Ministry said the students on that bus were offered counselling.

“Children are very sensitive, and they can hold that in, and it can become a problem years later, so I’m glad that the school did something like that, because you know, initially these kids were too scared to say anything because they weren’t supposed to be having cell phones on the bus, but thankfully it was because it does open up lot of ‘food for thought’ for a lot of things,” said Dr. Denise Osterloh, who along with a friend, conducted her own investigation to the incident after the three-second video clip surfaced this week.

The DES said under new bus company protocol, if an animal is hit, the driver will call to request a relief driver, and stay with the animal until veterinary care can be arranged.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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