Ohio bus driver killed after saving child

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Police are investigating a school bus accident that killed a bus driver. The woman has been identified as Laura Zborowski, 41, of Akron. The accident happened Tuesday morning at Middlebury Academy on Kent Drive. It's a K-8 charter school in Akron.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH, JESSICA DABROWSKI AND JACK SHEA

Akron, OH (WJW) — Police are investigating a school bus accident that killed a bus driver.

The woman has been identified as Laura Zborowski, 41, of Akron.

The accident happened Tuesday morning at Middlebury Academy on Kent Drive. It’s a K-8 charter school in Akron.

The bus was parked outside of the school just before classes started.

Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department said Zborowski was doing evacuation drills with about 38 students.

After one successful drill using a side door, the students boarded the bus again to practice exiting the back of the bus.

Edwards said as the last student was getting off the bus, the bus started to roll. Zborowski threw the child to safety but there was no time to get out of the way.

The bus rolled over the driver and dragged her halfway down a hill.

“And she did what she does every day, and that’s to protect these children,” said Edwards.

The bus finally came to a rest in a yard.

Zborowski was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Bus company, Petermann, released the following statement:

“We are sad to confirm that one of our bus drivers passed away this morning while assisting in a rear exit evacuation drill… We are working with local authorities and conducting an internal investigation of the incident.”

5 comments

  • ramona

    wasn’t she responsible for not letting bus almost run over kids? so she saved kids life but now they are all traumatized by seeing bus driver run over and killed. that is no hero sorry. buses don’t just roll on there own clearly she forgot to put bus in park or something.

    • Bob

      Ramona you should really look into it before blaming someone who gave her life saving a child. And if you would read about it you would learn the bus had a break problem before this happened so maybe she did break the bus but maybe the breaks stoppedal working again. And maybe you just have no heart. For god’s sake! She died!!! You couldn’t do that!

  • Martin

    You are just stupid to assume that, Ramona! In the report, it stated that they had already completed one drill and had started a second. How do you suppose that the bus stayed in the same position for and entire drill to commence if the bus was not in park. Idiot!

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