School bus drags first-grader down street
May 19, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A first-grader whose school bus dragged her down the street spent two days in the hospital but is expected to fully recover.
Ally Rednour, who goes to Wilkerson Elementary here, was dragged about 100 feet Friday when her backpack got caught in the bus' door as the driver dropped her off at her babysitter's house, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. Witnesses saw that Ally was stuck, and a driver in a red Camaro sped around the bus blaring his horn, cutting the bus off and forcing the driver to stop.
"I seen the kid dragging that way," said Matthew Lundergan, who was driving the car. He saw Ally dangling from the moving school bus from a nearby tire shop.
"People were all yelling, trying to hit the bus, and the bus just kept going," he said. "And I just jumped in the car and went chasing after it."
Ally suffered severe abrasions from the incident and was treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. She was released Sunday.
"She was not crying and she was conscious. She was talking, she wanted her mommy," said Esther Karschner, who lives nearby and saw Lundergan's maneuvers.
Ally was in great spirits Sunday and was smiling, said her mother, Amy Ehman Rednour. And Rednour is very thankful that the driver managed to stop the bus, which traveled the distance of about a third of a football field.
"I just wanted to say thank u for all the support & concerns & prayers but please keep them coming as it is going to be a long road for her & myself!" she said in a Facebook post.
The driver's name has not been released, and Jefferson County Public Schools officials continue to investigate the incident.
Derrick Rose and Kayla Moody, WHAS-TV, www.usatoday.com