updated 10/8/2006 2:30:53 AM ET 2006-10-08T06:30:53

A six-year-old New York boy remains hospitalized after a school bus dragged him along a road for about 60 feet.

Authorities say the boy had skin scraped from his torso, patches of hair ripped from his head, a broken thumb and bruises to his face.

They say the bus doors closed on the boy’s backpack, and the driver drove away without realizing the boy was stuck. The bus finally stopped when other children on the bus alerted the driver to the situation.

The incident took place on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York.

The Erie County Sheriff’s department says a full investigation will take several days.

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