SHALER, Pa. (KDKA) – A bus driver has been fired after a school bus driving through high floodwaters was captured on camera in Shaler.
WATCH: School bus drives through floodwater —
Shaler Township was one of the areas impacted by a flood warning Thursday afternoon and evening.
A witness sent KDKA cell phone video of an ABC Transit Inc. school bus driving through floodwater that was so high on Seavey Road it nearly covered the tires of the bus.
The bus was driven by a driver for ABC Transit Inc. The company reports the driver has since been fired.
ABC Transit Inc. issued a statement, saying:
The safety and security of all students transported by ABC Transit Inc. is our top priority. Company policy does not permit school vehicles to drive through water over roadways at any time. After investigation and review of yesterday’s incident on Seavey Road that violated this company policy, the school bus driver no longer works for ABC Transit Inc.
Shaler School District says they are also investigating the incident. They say three students were on the bus at the time, being transported from a private/parochial school.
The superintendent of Shaler School District issued a statement to KDKA’s Amy Wadas, saying:
“We are aware of the incident that occurred during yesterday’s inclement weather. The safety of our students is our top priority and this includes on the bus as they travel to and from school. We have been in contact with ABC Transit Inc., which provides transportation for our district, and are investigating this incident. Appropriate actions will be taken pending the outcome of that review.”
Kevin Staub’s business, House of Thrift, sits right along Seavey Road, which he said has flooded twice in the year and a half it’s been open.
“It picks up some speed and it can get pretty deep,” said Staub.
Staub couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw this video.
“If I was a parent, I would not be happy about that, because there are a lot of other routes in this area where you can turn around and go up another way and just backtrack a little bit,” said Staub.