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School district dismisses bus driver

January 22, 2018
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A school district in the region has fired a bus driver after photographs showed his vehicle carrying elementary school students crossing railroad tracks ahead of a train.

Plainwell Superintendent Matt Montange said the district fired the driver last week after reviewing the case.

Montange said the driver's actions don't "meet our expectations for student safety."

The driver had been employed for more than 29 years. His name wasn't released.

Train enthusiast Herb Theodore said he stopped to photograph an oncoming train on Jan. 11, when he saw the bus stop and its door open and close before the vehicle crossed the tracks safely ahead of the slow-moving train.

Michigan law prohibits any vehicle from crossing train tracks while warning signals are activated unless a police officer is present.

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