Lee County school bus repairs nearing completion
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LEE COUNTY, Fla - Lee County Public Schools began repairing hundreds of buses today, after several parked buses caught fire in May. After the first day of repairs, county officials told Fox 4 that the process is about one-third completed.
Robert Morgan, Exec. Director of Transportation for Lee County Schools told Fox 4's Julian Glover that the county may have even overreacted by pulling the 250 Navistar-made buses from the fleet in the first place.
"We probably overreacted a little bit because of a wire, but when it comes to safety, better this way than the other," said Morgan.
Navistar sent six repairmen to Lee County to complete the repairs.
"Fix was minor as they looked at it, they had to adjust the wire a little bit where there was something showing and put shrink wrap over it," said Morgan.
Morgan is referring to the underbelly of the buses, a potential hot spot that may have caused a series of fires to break out in several Navistar buses in May.
After a preliminary investigation of the buses involved in that fire, a mechanic found what appeared to be faulty wiring in the third-party air conditioning unit, manufactured by Carrier.
"This is not a navistar problem, the wire has to do with the air conditioning," said Morgan.
Morgan says the buses are inspected every 30 days, but the underbelly of the bus, where the fire broke out, is not a part of that inspection.
As the investigation into exactly what caused those buses to catch fire continues, Morgan is questioning if bus inspection procedures should be changed.
"You know other things can go wrong so maybe we have to look at something after 2 or 3 years to do a more thorough type of investigation," said Morgan.