2 disabled adults left in a hot van for 3 hours

Posted: 07/05/13 at 10:15 pm EDT      Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 10:34 pm EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two disabled adults were rushed to hospital after they were left in a transport van in Plymouth Friday.

They were both wheelchair bound and fire fighters said they were non verbal, so they couldn’t even yell for help.

“When he came back he had parked the vehicle and the two people were left unfortunately inside the vehicle for a few hours,” said Transportation Director of Habilitation Assistance, Michael Eddy .

The two were stuck in the van for nearly three hours with no one to get them out. Firefighters estimated it was nearly 110 degrees inside. By the time crews arrived, they said the adults’ body temperatures were at 102 degrees. They were close to heat stroke and very dehydrated.

“There are certainly things that are in place so something like this certainly never does happen. That unfortunately did happen today,” said Eddy.

The company that runs both the transportation and the adult day care facility said the driver was supposed to follow protocol but didn’t. Now they’re just trying to make sure this mistake is never repeated.

“It was a horrible thing. We’ll have to go over everything to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Eddy.

Firefighters said they had to use several ice packs to bring the adults’ body temperatures down and give them IVs. The driver has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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