JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police are investigating how a 4-year-old special needs boy was left on a school bus for as long as five hours before being discovered by a maintenance worker Wednesday afternoon.

Police spokesman Stan Eason said the boy was picked up from his home around 8 a.m. on Wednesday and was found, still on the bus, about 1 p.m. in the maintenance yard of the Atlantic Express Bus Company.

Eason says the boy was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution but did not seem to be seriously injured.

The boy was headed to a summer program for special needs students.

Eason says police investigating how the bus driver and an aide on the bus overlooked the boy and whether criminal charges are warranted.

A spokeswoman for Atlantic Express says the bus driver and driver’s aide have been fired.

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