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January 6, 2014

Experts warn of danger in cold

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SCHOOL BUSES

Extreme temperatures also can cause plenty of other problems that can strand drivers — even those who drive school buses.

In St. Louis County, one school district canceled classes Friday after 20 of its buses wouldn’t start, and 85 others didn’t have working air brakes because of temperatures that hovered around zero at 6 a.m.

Crews will be working over the weekend to make sure the company’s buses are in good mechanical condition, said Stephanie Creech, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati-based First Student Inc., which operates buses in the Rockwood School District. But there’s no guarantee that they will be able to operate when the mercury drops below zero.

“Monday, it would appear there could be safety issues,” Creech said. “Delays could be severe enough that students might not be picked up in a timely manner, and if so we will make a recommendation to the school systems that we don’t operate the buses.”

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