Bus driver drags trapped six-year-old along for over 1000 ft without noticing
The child suffered severe nerve damage and PTSD.
A bus driver in the US is now in court for dragging a child over 1,000 feet without noticing.
The incident, which took place in 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, saw a six-year-old girl get dragged along after her schoolbag got stuck in the bus's closing doors.
Footage of the incident obtained by WAVE 3 shows the bus pull off immediately after the door closes. The child tries to free herself from the bag but can't and is dragged along the road without the driver noticing.
The video shows another person standing by the driver as the incident occurs.
Despite turning her head in the direction of the doors, she fails to spot what's happening. Only when another car blares its horn to get the bus to stop does the she notice the girl.
"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God," she can be heard saying as she opens the doors and rushes to the crying girl.
The driver, Melinda Sanders, was later fired by the school district after an investigation found she did not watch the child get off the bus, as required by training.
A civil trial against the driver and the school district began last week.
The lawsuit claims the girl was dragged 1,147 feet and suffered severe nerve damage, resulting in multiple surgeries. She has also suffered from PTSD.
The lawsuit is asking for an undisclosed amount in damages.