Vandals cut brake lines on 50 buses

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Regular school bus service for Chugiak and Eagle River students resumed Wednesday after mechanics repaired brake lines on 50 school buses that were vandalized sometime before Monday morning.

The buses belong to First Student, the company that provides the Anchorage School District with about two-thirds of its buses and drivers and exclusively transports Eagle River students.

District officials said Tuesday that the estimated cost of repairs and lost revenue for First Student is $36,000.

The vandalism left about 2,700 students without their normal transportation to school. More than 560 students were absent from Eagle River and Chugiak schools on Monday, which school officials say is more than normal. Bus service resumed Tuesday on some, but not all, routes in the area.

Police are investigating the vandalism and had made no arrests Tuesday.

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