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Freezing rain causes headache for Loudoun County students to get to school

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Freezing rain Friday morning caused a lot of problems on area roadways. In Loudoun County, 23 school buses got stuck on ice covered roads, stranding some students for up to three hours.

A high school student in Western Loudoun County sent FOX 5 video of a school bus stuck on a hill in Lovettsville. The student says the bus started to slide backwards as it reached the top of the hill and almost hit a tree on the way down. There were students on the bus at the time, but no one was hurt.

Parents say it should have never happened and are asking why school officials didn't cancel classes.

Michelle Batt says, "I wasn't super comfortable with the buses even going out. It seemed slushy and icy."

Batt says she chose to drive her fourth grader to school out of concern for her safety.

Loudoun County Public Schools spokesperson Wayne Byard says schools were open on a two-hour delay. He says school officials made the call thinking the extra time would give slick roads a chance to thaw and lessen the danger for the school bus drivers and students.

"You have to remember, in Loudoun County, we're basically two different climates,” he says. East is more temperate and lower levels, and west tends to be mountainous and more severe weather. Now we took all that into account, and even taking all that into account, we can't be perfect."

Byard says buses also got stuck because of separate accidents on the narrow roads where drivers abandoned their cars, making it impossible for school buses to get around.

He says throughout the morning, all the students were kept warm and safe on the buses and parents were informed of what was happening.

Byard says many parents came and got their children off the stuck buses and took them home.

The drivers of the stuck buses were eventually able to get the vehicles through the thawing roads and got the buses back to the school yards.

School officials say by noon, things were back to normal.


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