Driver suspended after leaving two disabled people in van for hours


KINGSTON, Mass. ( -- Two disabled people were transported to the hospital Friday after being left in a hot van for nearly three hours outside a rehabilitation facility in Kingston.

The two people who are wheelchair bound were left inside a van at Habilitation Assistance Corp., a day habilitation center for people with mental and physical disabilities. Both were transported to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth to be treated for heat-related issues.

FOX 25 has learned both people were at home resting Friday night.

Kingston fire officials say the clients were driven to the facility in the van they were found in. The van driver left both people in the car after picking them up at a nearby nursing home. The unidentified driver has been suspended by the company.

Mike Eddy, Transportation Director at Habilitation Assistance Corp., says it is company policy to walk the length of the vehicle to check for bags, belongings, and especially wheelchair dependent people. He says the company plans to review their driver training programs and protocols to ensure an incident like this never happens again.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the second day in a row Friday. Temperatures reached into the mid-90s. Officials say the temperature in the van reached over 100 degrees.

Kingston police are investigating the incident.

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