UPDATE: Police say JCPS bus dragged girl about 500 feet
A JCPS spokeswoman says the incident involved Bus No. 0148 from Wilkerson Traditional Elementary School. Police first said the child's backpack got caught as the door of the bus closed, and the bus started moving again, dragging the child roughly 100 feet. But Monday afternoon, police released its report saying the bus dragged the girl about 500 feet after the bus driver, Melinda Sanders, shut the doors on the girl's backpack. Police say the bus was traveling 10 to 15 miles per hour.
The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital, according to Louisville Metro Police.
"We are very grateful that our student is on the road to full recovery, and we are deeply disturbed by this incident," wrote JCPS spokeswoman Mandy Simpson. "Immediately after the accident, we began an investigation into how and why this happened. This investigation is currently ongoing, and we will be working with all of our bus drivers to review the policies designed to ensure the safety and security of our students, which is our number one priority at all times."
Tom Carman recorded the incident on his home surveillance system.
"From what I got from my neighbor who saw part of it before I got back home," Carman said. "She said there were people chasing him for a good little piece and finally a red car got in front of it and stopped him."
The child who was involved in the incident has since been identified as 7-year-old Ally Rednour. Rednour's mom, Amy Rednour, says her child, a first-grader, is recovering.
She says Ally was just released from Kosair Children's Hospital on Sunday with road rash and stitches.
"She doing great considering what she's been through," Rednour said in a written statement to WDRB. "It's truly a miracle. I'm grateful for everyone that was there and the driver of the Camaro that saved her life!"
The page was created to help the family pay for bills since the mother who is also a JCPS bus driver is taking time off of work.
The mother says Ally is at home resting and is having a hard time walking. She isn't able to wear shoes yet.
Pictures have the hashtag #AllyStrong on them as the little girl remains strong after what she went through.
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