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BOX ELDER COUNTY -- What appears to be a practical joke on one of the last days of school could end up getting some kids in big trouble in the Box Elder School District.
Bus drivers for the district arrived at the bus compound in Tremonton at 370 S. 200 West around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to find flat tires on multiple school buses. District officials say 14 buses in the compound had flat front tires, while four other buses parked at various homes had flat tires as well.
We've got some really, really good drivers that help each other out and we were able to load a lot of the kids on other buses that did not have tires flat and they helped get everybody in. We probably had a 20- to 25-minute delay on some of the routes.
Initially the concern was the tires might have been slashed, but it appears someone just let the air out of them. Box Elder School District transportation supervisor Jean Cannon says it still caused delays for drivers trying to get children to school on time.
"We've got some really, really good drivers that help each other out and we were able to load a lot of the kids on other buses that did not have tires flat and they helped get everybody in," she said. "We probably had a 20- to 25-minute delay on some of the routes."
Schools had to be notified that some students were going to be late because of the buses. Cannon says police think they've rounded up the juveniles responsible. There's no word on whether they'll face charges.
One tire was damaged and service trucks had to be called out to assist the bus drivers who had flat tires at their homes.
School officials say this may have been some kind of senior prank. The last day of school is Thursday.