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3-year-old spends four hours left alone on preschool bus Driver and bus aide are fired over incident

Laidlaw Education Services immediately fired a bus driver and a bus aide after a 3-year-old girl was left on her school bus for about four hours Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.

The little girl was one of eight children on the Laidlaw bus, but only seven got off the vehicle that arrived at a Buffalo preschool at about 9 a.m., the company said. Laidlaw officials believe the girl slid out of her car seat under the bus seat, where she was not found during a routine check by the driver and aide.

The bus was driven back to the Laidlaw facility at 803 Walden, where the girl stayed aboard until she honked the bus horn shortly before 1 p.m. After the girl was picked up by her family, uninjured, Laidlaw fired the driver and aide.

"They're both gentlemen who have been with us for a while and had impeccable records," said James Doherty, Laidlaw area general manager. "But it is the policy of Laidlaw Education Services that if something of that nature occurs, we terminate immediately."

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