‘A bus just killed a little girl:’ 911 response time questioned amid crackdown on bus companies

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(PIX11) — A massive crackdown has been launched on buses in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic accident in New Jersey that killed an 8-month-old baby.

And recently released 911 calls from witnesses at the scene trying to help the little girl are raising questions about how long it took for an ambulance to arrive.

In one call a woman says” Hi.  A bus just crashed on 57th and Boulevard East.  There’s a baby.  I don’t know what happened .  She’s crying.”  The dispatcher responds 57th and Boulevard East in what city?  “West New York ,New Jersey” the woman responds.

And the calls came in one after another. Each phone call is more urgent than the last, all while the clock was winding down on little Angelie Paredes’ life. In another call a dispatcher asks a man where the accident is on Boulevard East. “On 57th and Boulevard East” he screams into the phone. “It killed a little girl.  A bus just killed a little girl.”

Angelie died when an out-of-control bus slammed into two lamp posts, a stop light and four parked cars.  The first lamp post came crashing down on the little girl’s stroller as her horrified mother watched. Investigators say the driver of the bus was using a cell phone at the time of the accident. He has been charged in the baby’s death but has not entered a plea.

At the scene at least six people called for an ambulance.  They became  more and more agitated when none showed up. Another man told the dispatcher in a fast paced intense exchange, ” There’s no doctor.  The cops are here but there’s no doctor. No ambulance.”

With the dispatcher confirming there is no ambulance on the scene he screams into the phone, ” There’s no ambulance and it’s been 5 or 6 minutes now.  I don’t know if the baby is even still alive now.”

A police officer arrived and performed CPR  but the baby couldn’t be saved. The sheriff’s department says the ambulance arrived within nine minutes. But that was too late for little Angelie. The baby was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

The bus driver, Idowu Daromola of Queens, has been charged in her death and could do jail time.  Daromola also had three outstanding warrants for failing to show up in court after illegally operating buses and authorities say he never should have been behind the wheel in the first place.

Now the Hudson County Sheriff is cracking down on local bus companies.  He says they will be randomly stopping buses and checking drivers and paperwork so that nothing like this ever happens again.

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