Teen in critical condition after bus accident
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A teen running to catch a bus ran right into danger. His terrified mother witnessed the horror, first hand.
A young teenager wearing his backpack raced to catch the bus to school, Friday near 1199 East Sample Road.
Right as he was about to get on the bus, witnesses said only his arm made it through the transit bus' door. "I was sitting right in the front seat of the bus," said Brian Clark in tears. "I saw the kid's hand. The kid was trying to get on the bus."
Clark was sitting next to 55-year-old Reynaldo Soto, the driver of the bus. "The door was open when the child tried to get on the bus," said Clark, "And he started to pull off and close the door, and from here to here was inside the bus. That's all I saw and then the next thing I see is the child drop and then felt the thump. His mother saw everything."
Surveillance footage captured 14-year-old Jerry Cunningham's mother running behind her son also trying to catch the bus. In the moment she saw what happened, she dropped her shoes in desperation, racing to help him. "For the bus driver to not listen to the bus driver listen to the passengers screaming," said Clark. "Everybody on the bus was screaming, 'Stop!' and he just ignored us. And then he said, 'Oh, I didn't see him.' How do you not see a hand and everybody screaming at you to stop?"
Clark called 911. "Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health North," said an official, "And BSO's air unit transported him to Broward Health Medical Center."
Cunningham's family was escorted out of the hospital. The tragedy will haunt them and the father who witnessed the horror forever. "There was blood coming out of his ears and mouth and nose," said Clark. "I have a son that's a year younger than him."
The driver of the bus is on administrative leave while the Broward County Department of Transportation investigates the incident.
Cunningham is still in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center.
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