|[Austin, TX] Man hit by Capital Metro bus; injuries not considered serious, officials say (259931)|
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[Austin, TX] Man hit by Capital Metro bus; injuries not considered serious, officials say
Posted by Gold_12TH on Sun May 6 23:31:32 2012
A University of Texas student who stepped onto Guadalupe Street during a game students were playing with foam swords was hit by a Capital Metro bus that ran a red light, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said.
The student suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. David’s Medical Center, spokeswoman Vanessa Aguinaga said. The bus was traveling north in the right lane of Guadalupe Street near 22nd Street at 12:48 p.m. when the crash happened, she said.
The bus driver, whose name was not released, received a citation for running a red light, Aguinaga said. The student stepped into a part of the street that was not a crosswalk, she said.
The bus driver is a 21-year veteran with only one accident on his record, which occurred approximately 10 years ago, Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen said in a statement.
“He will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation that will include a drug and alcohol test,” the statement said. “If it is determined that the driver was at fault, he will face disciplinary action.”
The students were having a foam sword fight with other students across the street when the crash happened, she said.
The event, called “Foam Sword Friday,” was started by students at the University of Texas School of Architecture about four or five years ago, said Ulrich Dangle, an associate professor in the architecture school.
It is held twice a year on the last day of classes before finals as a “way to release pressure before the stress of final exams,” he said. “Its a fun easy-going event where students stand across the street from each other and wave foam swords and the lights turn red they run across and club each other.”
The event has gotten so popular that students across the university now participate in it, he said.
Dangel said he was eating at a nearby restaurant when the crash happened, but he didn’t see it. He said he didn’t know the name of the student who was hit by the bus.