Frozen doors delay Metro school buses

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bus drivers across the Metro-Nashville school district couldn’t get into their schools buses Monday morning. Their doors were frozen shut.

“We’ve had experience with cold weather but this is one issue that caught us off guard,” said Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass. “We were a little surprised because a lot of our buses the doors just wouldn’t open.”

Bass says the warm, wet weather over the weekend coupled with the sudden drop in temperatures overnight caused water on the rubber seal to freeze to the metal door.

The issue led to children waiting in the cold for their delayed ride.

“I understand being frustrated. I would be frustrated stuck waiting for a bus in the cold, but there are some steps you can take to help,” said Bass.

Some of those steps are:

  • Dress your child warmly
  • Stay in the car at the bus stop if possible
  • Call the Metro Nashville Schools Customer Service Center at 615-259-INFO. Personnel there track buses real time so you can call and ask about potential delays.

To avoid this issue from happening again, Bass says there will be extra crews on stand-by all week.

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