A 12-year-old North Carolina boy was dragged by his school bus before being run over by its back tire.
Zion Baker was stepping off his school bus Wednesday (October 2) afternoon when his backpack got caught in the doors.
The bus driver continued driving and Baker was dragged and eventually fell to the ground when the bus’s back tire drove over his wrist.
“He could have died,” his mother Serena Thomas told ABC11.
Baker survived the ordeal and was released from the hospital with minor injuries.
“A bus driver is supposed to make sure that her kids are supposed to be safe,” Thomas said. “I don’t send my son on a school bus to get hurt.”
According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the incident took place in Moore County at the intersection of Americus Road and Walker Street.
Just before Baker got off the bus, two girls got off and had already crossed the street. By the time he left, the bus doors closed on his backpack and the bus began to move, ABC11 reports.
“She pulled away and it drug me, and I fell,” Baker told ABC11.
The boy finally broke free of his bag after being dragged approximately 10 feet. While on the ground, the bus’ back tire ran over him.
“It hurt really bad, there were tire marks on my arm,” he said. “My veins turned red.”
The driver, whose name has not been made public, was charged with careless and reckless driving and “the employee is not currently driving a bus,” the school district said, according to ABC11.
“You should’ve just watched the kids, you watched the other little girls,” Thomas said about the driver, but added how she didn’t think it was intentional.
“You don’t get paid for thinking,” she continued. “You said you thought all the kids made it over safe but you never verified if Zion made it over safe.”