“He said ‘you need to get off here'” said Moa Abrahamsson to local paper Hela Hälsingland.
10-year-old Moa was travelling home from school when she was called to the front of the bus by the driver, who had pulled the bus over to the side of the road.
“He asked me if my bus pass was for travelling within the municipality. I was so surprised that I just answered ‘yes’ and then he said ‘you’re getting off here’,” said Moa to the paper.
The girl did as she was told and got off the vehicle, which drove off, leaving her alone on the wooded main road. Luckily her father could leave work and come to pick her up.
The girl alternates living with her father in Bollnäs and her mother in Söderhamn, and has previously been travelling by bus from school to both destinations without any trouble.
According to the paper, the girl had been issued the bus pass by the school administration and has used it several times before.
“There are no limitations written on the card and we have been told it is valid in the whole of Hälsingland County,” said her father Jakob Abrahamsson to Hela Hälsingland.
Linda Salén, CEO of the bus operator KR Trafik, which runs the bus service in question, has expressed her regrets about the incident:
“Of course the drivers shouldn’t act this way,” she said to the paper.
The company is looking into the validity of the pass, but regardless of the outcome, the girl told the paper she’d be afraid to get on a bus with the same driver again.