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Web Extra: 5-Year-Old Left on School Bus For 7 Hours

Five-year-old Breanna Enriquez feels a lot better now after she says her bus driver left her on the bus Monday for seven hours.
MORRILTON, AR -- (Fox 16) Five-year-old Breanna Enriquez feels a lot better now after she says her bus driver left her on the bus Monday for seven hours.

"I was so scared," Breanna said.

The kindergartner says she fell asleep on the way to Morrilton Primary School.

She adds she was still asleep when her bus arrived, so she didn't realize she needed to get off.

When Breanna woke up, she found herself at the South Conway School District bus yard alone for seven hours.

"I was crying," Breanna said.

Breanna ended up staying on the bus as the driver made afternoon drop-offs, and the 5-year-old got off at her normal stop.

During all this time, the driver never knew Breanna had been left alone.

Speaking through her interpreter, Breanna's mom, Estella Gallegos, says her daughter came home obviously upset and told her what happened.

"We were lucky we had good weather because it could have gone bad in hot weather or cold weather, it could have gone bad," said interpreter Tina Garcia.

Breanna says she didn't get off the bus because she was scared.

The superintendent says he takes responsibility for what happened, and the incident has prompted changes to policy for bus drivers.

"I'm just devastated. Our entire staff is devastated," superintendent Shawn Halbrook said.

Halbrook says he can't discuss what could happen to the bus driver but emphasizes prevention steps are being taken.

"We are transporting 1,600 students daily to home and school and this is a one time, unintentional mistake," Halbrook said. "We made it, we owned it, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Halbrook says there is not a policy right now for drivers to check their buses before they leave.
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