SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Video released by VIA this week shows a bus operator driving into high water during a storm last month in the city’s Northwest Side. He turned onto Dreamland Drive near Vance Jackson Road and kept going until the bus stalled in high water.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” the driver is heard saying in the video.
He called a dispatcher and asked for help for the passengers. The San Antonio Fire Department told KTSA News that eight people were rescued through a roof hatch on the bus.
VIA officials did not comment on the video, but issued a statement to KTSA news.
“Just before 9 pm Thursday, October 24, a VIA bus became stranded in a flooded roadway at Dreamland near Vance Jackson. The operator immediately contacted dispatch for assistance for the passengers on board. No injuries were reported. We are thankful to the San Antonio Fire Department and first responders who helped lead passengers and the operator off of the vehicle safely. The driver involved in this incident was terminated and no longer works for VIA.”