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1 student was on bus that made illegal U-turn, officials say

Denny Austin, head of transportation for Roseburg Public Schools, says First Student is dealing with this investigation internally and it's not in the hands of the district.

Posted: May 17, 2019 8:27 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The school bus that made an illegal U-turn on an Interstate 5 on-ramp in Roseburg on Thursday was carrying one student, officials say.

Denny Austin, head of transportation for Roseburg Public Schools, said First Student Transportation Services is investigating and it's not in the hands of the district.

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"It takes a very special person to sit with their back to 60 kids and then stay focused on what's happening on the road in front of them," Austin said.

KEZI 9 News has reached out to First Student with no response.

While Austin couldn't say much about the investigation, he said all of their buses have at least two surveillance cameras, so First Student can assess any unusual situations.

"Drivers are also people, so anything you see someone doing on the road, off the road or approaching the road could happen with a school bus," Austin said.

Parents are demanding the driver be fired calling the incident "negligent" and "unacceptable."

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