School bus drives through active construction zone and wet concrete in video

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A video showing a school bus driving over wet concrete in an active construction zone has gone viral.

The video, originally from TikTok, was shared on Reddit’s “Idiots in Cars” forum on Wednesday by an anonymous person under the username u/Markantonpeterson. It garnered 50,000 upvotes and nearly 2,000 comments from Redditors making jokes about the situation.

According to Michigan-based radio station WLHT-FM, the bus in question was a Southfield Public Schools bus.

In the clip, the bus driver tears up the construction area, completely destroying the freshly laid wet concrete of the road. The workers in the area yell at the driver but he does not stop or slow down. Instead, they weave their way through various traffic cones and eventually make it to the opposite end of the construction zone.

A now-viral video that shows a school bus driving over wet concrete in an active construction zone has baffled commenters online.
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It is not known if there were children on board at the time.

“I hate people,” says someone behind the camera as they survey the damage to the road.

“Me too,” someone else nods.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are “the safest vehicle[s] on the road.”

“Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking the bus rather than driving. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in terms of collision and injury prevention; and in every state, stop arm laws protect children from other motorists,” NHTSA explained.

“Although four to six school-aged children die each year in school bus vehicles, this represents less than one percent of all road deaths nationwide,” NHTSA continued.

Still, some Michiganders feared the driver in Wednesday’s video posed a safety risk to school children in the district. In fact, a Facebook commenter named Steven Rise called for the driver to be terminated.

“I think a certain driver needs to be released because he obviously doesn’t care about the safety of the students going through a closed construction zone,” Rise said.

In response, Southfield Public Schools said the driver had “been released”.

“Southfield Public Schools is aware of the incident involving this bus driver. Upon learning of the incident, the District immediately contacted our transportation partner/employer, First Student. Southfield Public Schools and First Student understand the seriousness of the situation and the driver of the bus has been released.Collectively, we are committed to ensuring that our students and staff, while in our care, are delivered to school safe. Thank you,” the district wrote.

Newsweek contacted Southfield Public Schools for further comment.

Several other Facebook commenters also took issue with the driver’s stunt. Redditors, meanwhile, thought it was funny.

“The wheels of the bus are spinning in circles. There’s nothing in there to stop,” u/AdMore3461 wrote.

“These kids need to go to school,” u/rawsterdam said.

“If anything this shows how versatile a school bus is lol,” u/InspectorMrBurns commented.

“Ms. Frizzle doesn’t care,” u/ThatPizzaAlien added, referring to The Magic School Bus.

More serious school bus accidents have been in the news lately. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) recently released chilling footage that shows the moment a street runner collided with a school bus carrying 23 children. Last month, a school bus carrying 24 children “rolled over” in an accident in Michigan.

And sadly, in February, a Minneapolis bus driver was shot in the head while driving with children on board.

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