VIA bus driver discharged after accident

Officials: Driver ran red light, broad-sided car

SAN ANTONIO - A VIA bus driver has been discharged after an accident investigators say he caused on July 23.

According to VIA officials, bus driver George Campa was close to the end of his shift when he ran a red light.

"He's not had an accident before, so we don't know exactly how this came to be," said VIA spokeswoman Priscilla Ingle.

Ingle said Campa has been a part-time bus drive with VIA since 2007. 

Because of this accident, VIA is now changing the rules it has for part-timers.

"Typically, they were telling us the hours they were working over a week's period of time (but) now they're reporting it to us daily so we can monitor their work schedule," she said.

Cameras from inside the bus show Campa had one bus rider who went flying inside the bus after the accident. 

From another angle, the bus is seen broad-siding another vehicle after Campa ran a red light. 

"This is really unfortunate incident that occurred and we take a lot of time to make certain that our drivers are properly trained to be out on the road and this is just an unfortunate accident," said Ingle.

As for the one rider on the bus, Ingle doesn't know if he was ever injured during the accident. Ingle says VIA has about 1,200 bus drivers, and that accidents have actually been decreasing over time.

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