CLEVELAND-- RTA has launched an investigation after video surfaced of a bus driver running a red light, then going the wrong way on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. RTA officials say the video appears to show “a clear violation of traffic law.”
A bicyclist, heading east on Lorain Avenue, said he recorded with video with a helmet camera around 6 p.m. Friday.
The video appears to show the bus as it exits the West Park Rapid Station, bypassing a work crew then running a red light to make a left turn onto Lorain. The bus travels the wrong way under an overpass against oncoming traffic. The driver then veers across a median into the proper lanes before pulling up to a stop at W. 143rd.
The cyclist confronted the driver.
“I have you on video. What did you just do back there?" he said to the driver. “What was that? You were on the wrong side of the road.”
The driver responded, “I have a camera here too.”
RTA officials say the organization has launched an investigation into the incident and is reviewing the bicyclist’s video, as well as video recorded inside the bus.
“It's obviously very disturbing. Safety is our number one concern at RTA, and this is unacceptable,” said RTA spokesperson Linda Scadilli Krecic.
RTA is also working to identify the driver and examine her driving history.
“We are taking a first look at it, and it appears that there was a clear violation of safety standards and traffic laws,” Krecic said. “We're going to look into it fully and take appropriate action.”