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Wake students left waiting in cold after school buses didn't start

Posted January 2, 2018 12:57 p.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2018 1:29 p.m. EST

— Several buses in Wake County had trouble starting on Tuesday morning after the long holiday break, and, despite the two-hour delay, many students ended up spending more time waiting in the single digit wind chill than their parents anticipated.

Dozens of Wake bus routes were running behind this morning due to weather-related problems. The Wake County Public Schools website showed page after page of mechanical delays, from 20 minutes up to 60 minutes or more.

WCPSS spokeswoman Lisa Luten said drivers came in early to get a head start on any problems the cold weather might cause for the buses' diesel engines, but, in all, 81 buses didn't start.

According to Luten, "all but a handful of the buses were fixed," and the rest were replaced.

Luten said the length of the delays reported online may be inaccurate, but many parents took to social media saying their kids waited at bus stops for nearly an hour in the cold.

Other parents have reported that they took their children to school earlier than the delayed start and the schools wouldn't let them come inside.