Dashcam video released of Leander ISD bus driving into low-water crossing
Dashcam video has been released of a Leander ISD bus driving into a low-water crossing last week.
It happened Tuesday, Oct. 16, at around 8:30 a.m. on CR 177, heading east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward CR 175.
In the video, you can see the bus blow past a barricade closing down the road. Moments later, the driver approaches the low water crossing the barricades were warning about.
The bus then drives into the water, before being swept away by the current from the flood.
The mother of the middle school student on the bus says her son is still traumatized weeks from the incident.
Parents of Leander ISD students are seeing this video for the first time, and say they are speechless after watching it.
"To me that's frightening because I do have one child who rides the bus. I would hope the bus drivers are thinking about their safety as well as the kids safety considering it's not their own kid," said Sallie Western. "They shouldn't be going through those waters. They're raging. They shouldn't even be going through a small stream."
The bus driver, Nathan Deyoung, was arrested after the incident. A middle school student was inside the bus, but was not injured.
They were both rescued with the help of first responders.
Western says she hopes the school district and other bus drivers can learn from this.
"I would hope it would make the Leander ISD Transportation Department look at that video and make sure their drivers are doing exactly what they should be doing. They have those dashcam videos, they should be reassessing at random times."
Leander Police wanted to release this video to remind people how dangerous it is to drive through low water crossings.
According to police, for each foot of water that rises up the side of a vehicle, the vehicle displaces 1,500 pounds of water. This means the vehicle effectively weighs 1,500 pounds less for each foot the water rises, and just two feet of water can carry away most vehicles.