Driver hit by run-away school bus says he was lucky

CMS bus driver suspended after collision

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The driver of the car that was hit by a runaway school bus says he couldn't believe it when he saw the big yellow bus coming right at his car.

"I have a little pain today," said 75-year-old Ursa Nina, who was driving past Nation's Ford Elementary school Monday afternoon.

He said, "I saw the bus coming out of the school."

He thought the bus was going to stop but it kept coming, spinning his car around before the bus finally came to rest against a tree across the street from the school.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the school bus driver as De'Andre Mack, of Charlotte.

Police say Mack told them he set the brake on the empty bus that was parked on a slight incline and then started to walk towards the school.

He heard the crash, police say, and realized the bus had rolled out into the street.

Nina said he did not know at first that the bus was empty and ran toward it expecting to find injured kids.

"I checked for the children and the driver, but there was nothing there," he said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said Mack has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the police investigation.

CMPD said the investigation is still on-going and that no charges had been filed as of Tuesday.

Nina says everyone was fortunate the bus was empty.

"Thank you, thank you God," he said.


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