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Driver quits after child left alone on bus

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EDMONTON -- A school bus driver resigned after a nine-year-old Edmonton-area boy fell asleep on the way to school and woke up alone several hours later.

Diane Kimmy told CTV Edmonton she was angry after her son, Colby Fennell, was apparently forgotten on the bus earlier this week.

He woke up later that morning on the bus that was parked several kilometres away at the bus driver's home. That day, the temperature was -8 C and Colby said he had to curl up on the seat to keep warm.

Kevin Tomten, the owner of Tomten Bus Services, which owns the bus involved, apologized and said the driver has resigned.

He said his company will install alarms on the buses to ensure drivers do a walk-through before parking.

On Thursday, Michele Dick, superintendent of Sturgeon County School Division, apologized for the incident. "There is no question we are very upset about the entire situation," Dick said.

"We have a number of processes, procedures, policies in place, because student safety is really primary for us -- as they are for all school jurisdictions in Alberta, and in this particular situation, some of those failed us."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 1, 2013 A2

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