Seven people were transported to area hospitals after the driver of a VIA bus ran a red light and caused a crash with three other cars, San Antonio police said.
The accident occurred just after 1 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Pleasanton Road and Southwest Military Drive.
The VIA bus driver, 54-year-old George Campa, told police he was headed north on Pleasanton Road and noticed the red light too late to stop. He also told police he was tired at the time of the accident.
"It's apparent that the VIA bus driver ran a red light. Another vehicle that was eastbound on SW Military was unable to avoid the VIA bus that ran the light," said San Antonio police Sgt. Shane Nagy.
One vehicle crashed into the bus, and the bus then smashed into two others, pushing them against a traffic signal box.
Police say a total of 10 people were involved in the crash. Seven people, including a passenger on the bus, were taken to hospitals as a precaution. None of their injuries were life-threatening, San Antonio police said.
Police said Campa was cited for disregarding a red light. A spokesperson for VIA said Campa was placed on paid leave while VIA and SAPD continue to investigate.
"Depending on the findings from the investigation, other disciplinary action may be taken. It just depends on what we find out once we have done the investigation," said Priscilla Ingle, vice president of public affairs for VIA.
She said Campa has been a part-time driver for VIA since 2007. Ingle did not say how long Campa had been working when he crashed, but said drivers never work longer than 12-hour shifts.
"Any operator who feels that they are exhausted or ill while they are behind the wheel of a bus, they just need to let the dispatcher know and they're immediately relieved of duty," she said.