Driver suspended after video shows bus stopped under railroad crossing arm
A video on Facebook has gone viral, with parents up in arms about a bus full of children dangerously close to a moving train.
The video was shared hundreds of times since Tuesday at 8:36 a.m., and Northwest Public Schools confirms the bus in question was one of their contracted buses.
The video shows the bus stopped with one crossing arm resting on top, with a train passing by on the tracks while taking students to St. Libory.
Mick Brown with First Holiday Tour & Travel said the driver has been suspended indefinitely pending remedial training.
"We take safety very seriously; we have meetings on this every month," Brown said.
Brown also said the city is cutting back a line of trees that he said may have blocked the driver's vision in the incident.
He said the company met with railroad officials to ensure that everything was operating properly at the crossing, and there was no reported damage to the bus or the crossing arm.
Officials with Northwest Public Schools said they're pleased with the disciplinary action of the company, and the school is looking into changing the route so railroad crossings are not included.
The Grand Island Police Department said that while the video is concerning, they don't have enough evidence on the surrounding circumstances to issue any citations, and they'll leave the disciplinary action up to the travel company that employs the driver.
NTV News reached out to the Grand Island Public Schools, who want to confirm that this wasn't their contracted bus or their district, despite rumors.