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Ohio Bus Drivers Cope with Cold, Snow
LOGAN (Jen French) -- Kids are not the only ones who need convincing to go to school. Buses need to warm up to the idea too.
Bad weather has forced some rural districts to change their morning routine before they pick kids up.
Logan City Schools have a fleet of 40 buses that have to cover 320 square miles. Thats equal to driving 5,000 miles a day.
The district has already taken 13 calamity days due to the poor driving conditions.
"I have a lot of unpaved roads. I have a lot of roads that do not connect, Logan-Hocking Superintendent Stephen Stirn said.
This winter, superintendent Stirn said their fleets diesel engines need extra attention. Some buses have been seen stopping in the middle of their route so they can sit idle and warm up.
Because of the cold, bus mechanic Dennis Morgan said the districts buses have been plugging into an engine block heater overnighthours before drivers show up to work.