A Mobile County Public School bus driver is on administrative leave. Students say she tried to run across the tracks and beat a train on their ride home.
Two Grand Bay middle school students say they had a scary bus ride home Tuesday. "I was like we're going to die," one 7th grader said.
"We we're going to the railroad tracks and the light started blinking and the big pole came down on top of the hood, she tried to back up and she couldn't," a 6th grader said. "We were this far from the train."
He says he braced for the hit. "I thought we were going to get hit by a train," he said. "I set back in my seat and I was holding on."
The boys say the driver tried to back up but couldn't because the arm was stuck on the hood.
They say that's when students started taking pictures. Pictures they say the bus driver made them delete.
A 7th grader said the bus driver told them, "Delete those pictures or I'm going to take your phone."
We reached out to the MCPSS. They didn't go into detail but released a statement saying,
"A bus incident was reported to our transportation division Tuesday evening, resulting in a bus driver being placed on administrative leave. Our security department immediately launched a full investigation. Our policy is to not comment on ongoing investigations. The safety of our students is our first priority."
It's a situation the boys' mom says she couldn't believe.
"I was like are you kidding me?" she said. "The 6th grader was freaking out because he said that he thought he was going to die."
She says she never wants her children to experience that again.
"I'm glad she's not driving them anymore," she said.
The boys say the bus driver was able to cross after the train passed and the arm went up.