Ohio school bus: Videos show times driver lost control of tractor-trailer that narrowly avoided hitting bus

The incident unfolded at around 8:25 a.m. Tuesday as a school bus finished its morning run toward Ralph E. Waite Elementary School in Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, according to Montville Police Chief Matthew Neil.

The bus had stopped on the north lane of State Route 57 to pick up children when the driver was alarmed by the truck’s horn, Neil said. Another employee, who was also on the bus, is heard asking the driver if the truck would be able to pass safely.

The truck driver realized his brakes weren’t working and began to downshift the vehicle to prevent it from crashing into the bus, Neil told CNN.

In videos released by the Montville Police Department, the truck’s dash cam also rolled over and captured the terrified reaction of the driver as he approached the school bus. The driver let out several screams as he squeezed between the school bus and a van stopped in the oncoming lane.

“I’m just sitting here for a little bit. Next thing I know, I hear a horn honk, and I look up, and I realize there was a tractor-trailer coming my way, from face,” pickaxe-up truck driver Josh Click told CNN affiliate WEWS. “I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and the kids. It was one of those times when you realize things can happen in an instant.”

Avoiding a potential “catastrophic accident”

The truck driver eventually had the truck stopped about a quarter mile down the road and called his employer to let him know what had happened, Neil said.

“I think the tractor-trailer driver handled this breakdown in the most professional manner possible,” Neil said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response to avert what could have been a catastrophic accident. We don’t have enough ambulances in this county to meet the needs of patients if he would have hit that bus and a had injuries. I am so grateful that his professional actions helped avert a crisis.

It remains unclear why the truck was unable to stop, and the vehicle is currently being inspected by Ohio State Motor Carrier Enforcement.

Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed. CNN has contacted the agency for further comment.

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