EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Queens school bus, with kids aboard, running red light

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Eyewitness News reporter CeFaan Kim has the exclusive story.

Exclusive video shows a school bus filled with kids about to run a red light and cross a busy street in Queens.

The video shows that the driver waits for the right moment with the hazard signals blinking.

It slowly inches forward and then drives straight through.

"I was stunned actually. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it," said Thomas David, witness.

The video was taken by David Friday morning around 8:20.

The Floral Park man had just dropped off his son at school, when all of a sudden at the Cross Island Parkway Service Road at Hillside Avenue, David says the bus squeezed by his vehicle on a narrow one lane road, driving up onto the curb, almost hitting his car, and cutting to the front of the line.

That's when David took out his phone and took the video.

"I knew something; you know he's going to do something bad. So it was really shocking to see that he's passing through a red signal on a busy road during the rush hour with children in it," David said.

The driver runs the red light and just 10 seconds later, the light turns green.

Parents in the area are stunned.

The bus driver works for Thomas Buses.

The owner of the company says he too is appalled by this video.

He says there's no explanation for it and adds this driver will definitely be suspended.

In a statement a spokesperson for the Department of Education says, "The safety and security of students and staff is our top priority. We are looking into this serious incident and will work with the bus vendor to ensure it's addressed."

The driver will have a chance to speak at a hearing, sometime before Tuesday, but until then, that driver will not be behind the wheel.
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