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niagara falls – A school bus pulled a 6-year-old Niagara Falls girl the length of about three cars before the child’s mother got the attention of the driver, who stopped the bus, police and witnesses said.

The child did not appear to be seriously injured but was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to be checked.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Tuesday as the girl stepped off the school bus. Her hand got caught in the door as the bus was pulling away in the 1400 block of Whitney Avenue.

The bus driver was unaware that the girl’s hand was in the door, according to Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto.

The bus driver traveled about three car lengths as the girl’s mother held her daughter up to keep her from being dragged, according to witnesses at the scene.

The mother was able to get the driver’s attention before the situation became too serious.

“She never got knocked down,” said DalPorto.

Witnesses also said a bus company official told them that a bus aide is supposed to exit the bus with the children, but no aide was with the little girl.

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