School Bus Driver Drives Through Raging Floodwaters, Swept Away
A Leander ISD bus driver was arrested after driving a school bus into raging floodwaters with a child on board, according to local media reports.
The incident happened on the morning of October 16, 2018 during a significant flooding event in Leander, TX.
According to the Leander, TX, Police Department, a bus driver attempted to driver over a low-water crossing after driving around a barricade that was used to shut down the road due to high water.
The school bus became stranded in the floodwaters and later washed downstream where the child and the bus driver had to be rescued.
Fortunately, there were no injuries.
The Leander Police Department released this dash cam footage to demonstrate the dangers of floodwaters. The biggest factor is buoyancy when a vehicle is washed away.
For each foot, the water rises up the side of the vehicle, the vehicle displaces 1,500 lbs of water. In effect, the vehicle weight 1,500 lbs less for each foot the water rises. Just two feet of water can carry away most vehicles.
Watch the full video below:
SCHOOL BUS FLOATS DOWNSTREAM after driver bypasses barricades into raging floodwaters with a student on board. Parents, how would you react to the situation if your child was on board?
Posted by WeatherNation on Friday, October 26, 2018
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos