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Austintown parents express concerns over school bus safety

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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Austintown Local Board of Education heard from parents concerned about the safety of their children on the way to-and-from school.

On October 4, State Troopers pulled over an Austintown school bus because students hanging in the aisle. Less than a week later, an Austintown bus swerved off New Road into a ditch. No students were injured in either incident.

Superintendent Vince Colaluca explained that the Highway Patrol dropped the charge against the driver of the bus that was seating too many students in one seat because the bus wasn't really overcrowded.

One parent claims the charges were only dropped because the Highway Patrol didn't properly notify the district before pulling over the driver. "My goal is to have the administration initially and the board of education ultimately takes seriously the safety issues that are on going at this school district before a child gets killed." said parent David Daichendt

As for the tipped over bus, Superintendent Colaluca says the county engineer was asked to inspect the roadway.

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