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School bus drivers still shaken up a week after snow storm

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It has been a long week for some of the Atlanta Public School District's bus drivers. Some still have nightmares after last Tuesday's winter storm that shut down Atlanta.

"I have nightmares about ice, sliding, driving my bus backwards down a hill, I don't sleep good, yet," Susan McCaskill said.

McCaskill has been driving a school bus for 18 years. She said in all of her experiences with snow storms, this was the worst.

"We were not ahead of this storm," McCaskill said. "Normally, we would be in front of the storms an hour or two. We'd stay at the schools, be on alert, on emergency alert at the schools. And when the kids come out we are already there. We always would be in front of the storm."

McCaskill was supposed to pick up middle school students who got released early at 1:30 p.m. But, because they weren't near the schools, it took her five hours just to make it to the school to pick up the students.

McCaskill said she was able to drop all of her students off at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday but couldn't get herself back home. She was in her bus running out of gas, stuck, unable to go anywhere when a good Samaritan offered here a cup of hot soup and a place to spend the night.

"She was out walking her dog," McCaskill said. "We hugged all the way to her house."

Another bus driver of more than 20 years, Evelyn Hughley, had a similar experience that day.

"It was really hectic, and I was trying to calm them [students] down that we are going to get home safely," Hughley said. "We were doing the best we can with the situation we had."

Hughley did not deliver all of her students safely to their homes. Hughley spent the night with 45 other students at E. Rivers Elementary School.

Both school bus drivers said they had long days and even longer nights but were glad that all of their students finally made it home safe.

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