UT student walks away after being struck by CapMetro bus

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and Photojournalist Michael Moore

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Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Updated Saturday, May 5 at 4:12 PM

AUSTIN -- A University of Texas student is hit by a Capital Metro bus and walks away. 

It is all caught on camera. KVUE News spoke to the student, 18 year-old Nick Engmann, by phone.  He was not feeling well enough to do an interview, but the cell phone video of the crash posted on YouTube tells the story. It shows UT students about to take part in their massive foam sword fight that marks the last day of class before exams each semester. 

Engmann, a freshman wearing a rubber mask, had raced out into the street near the crosswalk.  Police say he had the right of way when he was struck by the bus.

"I saw the flash mob start at noon," said John Hull, who works nearby. "From behind the bus I saw the whole commotion stopped, and everybody just dispersed."

"Right over there you can see the chalk in the ground," said Brad North, who was driving on Guadalupe at 22nd Street at that very moment. "I saw the windshield. It is unbelievable that he is okay and out of the hospital, and that he actually walked away from this."

"That is crazy," said Allie Gassaway, who works nearby. "I would not imagine that he would be okay with a busted windshield and a humongous city bus."

Engmann was released from St. David's Medical Center just hours after the accident. On his Facebook page he posted, "Adrenaline = long gone, pain killers = barely helping. Sorest guy on the planet." 

Austin police confirmed the bus driver ran a red light. 

"The driver is a 21-year veteran with only one incident on his record," said Dan Dawson, vice president of Marketing and Communications for Cap Metro. "He will be placed on administrative leave until the outcome of the investigation is completed. That investigation will include an alcohol and drug test."

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