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Friday, September 16, 2005

Trapped in a school bus

Western Australia's education authority has ordered an inquiry into why three young children were locked in a school bus for six hours after the driver forgot to drop them off at kindergarten.

Officials from the WA department of education and the Public Transport Authority (PTA), who contracted the driver, were in the Great Southern town of Darkan on Monday to meet the parents of the three children, aged four, and the school's principal.

Both authorities said the incident, which happened last Thursday, was very worrying and could have ended in tragedy if conditions in the town, 200km south of Perth, had been hotter.

A spokesman for the PTA said the female driver was supposed to deliver the children to the Darkan kindergarten, after having dropped off some older students to the local high school, which is located on the same campus.

Instead, she drove past the kindergarten and on to her house, where she parked the vehicle and locked it while the children were still inside.