Parents concerned after school bus breaks down in West Ashley

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Durham School Services said its bus will be taken off the road after breaking down Wednesday afternoon along a major Charleston roadway.

Bus officials said a bus dropping off Ashley River Creative Arts students had smoke coming into the bus after a turbo failed causing it to pull over near Glenn McConnell Parkway and Charlie Hall Boulevard.

Kate Walden with the Durham bus company said this isn't the first time that bus had run into issues, but that bus has had several issues since the school year started.

"It is something from a maintenance standpoint that needs to be reviewed," Walden said.

Walden said they would be working with state partners to investigate the problems with the bus.

While the bus broke down and elementary school children were sitting along the road, parents made their way through traffic to pull over and get their children.

Many said they were disappointed with the communication.

"[a message from the district] literally said 'Bus will be delayed, broken down, delayed, waiting on new bus.' Didn't say anything about where, have they left, where are they at or anything like that," one mom said. "As a parent you're just driving around taking the route that they take just to find it."

Walden with the bus service said they only have so much information they can put into a message to share with parents.

The kids will be riding on a spare bus until that bus is repaired.

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