Dashcam video released of UT student, bus accident

Student ran in front of moving bus, driver to get ticket dismissed

AUSTIN, Texas - Capital Metro and Austin police have determined that a bus driver who struck a University of Texas student should not have been ticketed for running a red light.

The incident happened last Friday in an area known as the drag. The area is commonly used by large groups of students walking on and off campus.

Freshman Nick Engmann stepped in front of the bus while participating in a "foam sword fight," a UT tradition during finals.

Witnesses told an APD officer the bus driver ran a red light, but dashcam video showed the driver moved through the intersection before the light turned red.

Officials said the driver will probably get the ticket dismissed. However some policies were violated.  

"We direct our bus operators that when our light has been green for a while we call it a stale green light we direct them to slow down and when it's yellow they are instructed to stop," said Erica McKewen, CAP Metro Spokeswoman.

The driver was placed on administrative leave pending a drug-alcohol test. Those results came back negative.

The driver will return to work Wednesday, but is expected to face some disciplinary action. Engmann was not seriously injured.


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