LANCASTER, S.C. -- Tuesday's frigid temperatures froze 15 school buses in their tracks in Lancaster. The district's two-hour delay gave employees time to fix them and keep almost 2,000 students from being stranded at bus stops in the cold waiting for buses that weren't coming, had they been on a normal schedule.
Problems included frozen diesel fuel lines, frozen gear shifters, frozen doors and stop signs and extension arms that wouldn't open.
District officials say they made the right call delaying school for two hours because it gave them time to fix bus problems and for the safety of its students.
"If we had not made that call, it would have translated into probably 1,800 to 2,000 kids being stranded at the side of the road because of delayed buses and with five – six - seven degree temperatures, that could be extremely dangerous for kids," said Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn.
Five school buses re-froze once they left the lot and had to be repaired on the road. Crews went into neighborhoods to fix them on the spot.
Bus problems meant some students were late even with the delay.
The district will be on a two-hour delay again Wednesday due to the cold.