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Surveillance cam shows passengers limping away after freight train slams into bus

Posted at 10:36 PM, May 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 09:30:05-04

EAST POINT, Georgia -- Surveillance video released Saturday showed the moment a freight train crashed into a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus in Georgia, ripping through it and throwing the driver and a passenger to the ground. The freight train collided with the back end of the bus after traffic backup caused the driver to stop with the vehicle partially on the tracks, according to a WSB report. Five passengers could be seen in surveillance footage fleeing the bus as they heard the train’s horn and saw it approaching.

When the train crashed into the MARTA bus, it ripped the side of the bus, knocking the driver to the ground.

Although the driver was the only person actually on the bus during the collision, surveillance footage showed the impact caused the bus door to slam into a passenger who was fleeing the bus, throwing the man to the ground.

Everyone survived the incident.

MARTA confirmed that the bus driver and five passengers were taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. Four passengers have been released from the hospital.

The driver underwent a mandatory drug and alcohol test and has been placed on leave with pay.

None of the train’s other crew members were injured.