By Walt Hunter
UPPER DARBY, Pa., (CBS) — Upper Darby Police say frightened children, screaming for help from the windows of their school bus brought them racing to the corner of West Chester Pike and New Street around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.READ MORE: Sheriff's Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment Outside Of University City Townhomes
Superintendent Mike Chitwood says the 21 children, ages 5 to 10, got scared after the bus, that was supposed to be taking them home from a West Philadelphia Charter School instead began skipping stops, and driving miles away into Upper Darby.
Chitwood says a driver who saw the children screaming for help aboard the bus near 69th Street Terminal dialed “911”. Officers then found the bus pulled over a few blocks west.READ MORE: Heat Health Emergency In Philadelphia Has Residents Running For Cover From Sun: 'This Heat Is Like, Dangerous'
According to the police Superintendent, the bus driver was “disoriented” and had gotten lost twice before driving into Upper Darby. The driver, police say, was taken to a local hospital for observation and testing.
Officers determined there were no injuries to the children, with the exception of a little girl who pinched her finger trying to open a bus window.
As the children were transferred to another bus and dropped off at their normal locations, School District officials say the driver was a substitute on the route. They say they are now investigating to find out what what happened and to determined the source of the driver’s medical problems.MORE NEWS: Raymond Thompson Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Woman In West Philadelphia, Police Say She Had Protection Order Against Him
A spokesperson for All-City Transportation, the company that operates the bus under contract to the school district, told CBS 3 the company is aware of the incident, but would have no further comment.