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Driver who left disabled man on RIde bus no longer employed by RIPTA

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Dee DeQuattro

The Rhode Island Public Transit authority says a RIde bus driver responsible for leaving a mentally disabled individual on a bus for over 7 hours last week is no longer employed by the company.

"It's like a child left on a school bus. This just can't happen," said Mark Therrien, the assistant general manager of planning for RIPTA.

Last week 61-year-old Tom Fulmer who is mentally disabled and has cerebral-palsy was left on a bus instead of being dropped off at the Trudeau Center. He was found 7 hours later, covered in urine and sweating. He was brought to Rhode Island Hospital for examination.

The bus company then contacted Fulmer's sister Carolyn Young and explained the incident. They have also issued a letter of apology to the family.

Fulmer did not suffer any serious injuries as a result of the situation but the bus company says it will review its policies to avoid any future issues.

Therrien said the company is looking to formalize a process for taking developmentally disabled people on and off the vehicles. Part of the process includes working with the drop off sites to make sure that every individual expected arrives safely.

The company will meet with the Trudeau Center on Monday to start working out a system.

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