Drivers in school bus/FedEx road rage video could face ‘litany’ of charges; trucker fired
LAKEWOOD — Police expect to question the driver of a bus caught on camera illegally passing a FedEx truck that then appears to try to run the bus off the road.
Lakewood police spokesman Lt. Gregory Staffordsmith said both drivers face a "litany" of motor vehicle charges, including reckless driving for having a "purposeful and complete disregard for public safety." Other moving violations could include crossing the line, failure to maintain a lane and not using a traffic signal.
The bus driver, who was fired Thursday by Jay's Bus Service, is scheduled to be questioned on Friday afternoon.
Staffordsmith said they have reached out to FedEx to try to speak with their driver.
In a statement late Friday afternoon, FedEx said its driver was fired.
“Safety is our number one priority at FedEx Freight. We will not tolerate the type of behavior seen in the video and we have terminated the driver’s employment with our company," spokeswoman Lauren Doll said.
The company, which has a shipping facility in the Lakewood Industrial Park off Airport Road, did not release the name of the driver.
The video, which was recorded by Lyndhurst resident Stephen O’Connor and first reported by New Jersey 101.5 on Thursday, shows the school bus crossing solid yellow lines on Airport Road in order to pass the truck.
As the bus attempts to get in front of the tractor-trailer, the truck driver swerves toward the bus as they pass through an intersection. Both the bus and the truck momentarily drive on the wrong side of the road with oncoming traffic.
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