Leander ISD bus driver arrested after driving into low-water crossing
A Leander ISD bus driver was arrested Tuesday morning after driving into a Brushy Creek low-water crossing with a middle school student inside the bus.
It happened at around 8:30 a.m. on CR 177, heading east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward CR 175.
The mother of the 12-year-old student on board said her son called her after the bus slid off the narrow road to say "I love you if I don't make it" and that he thought he was going to die.
Ashley Ringstaff said the bus nearly made it across the low water crossing but the back of the bus slid off the one lane road and got stuck in the water among trees and brush.
The driver and the student were able to make it out OK with the help of first responders.
Leander ISD said police arrested the bus driver for driving around a barricade. He has since been fired by the district. He has been identified as Nathan Deyoung.
In a statement, the district said transportation dispatch reminded drivers Tuesday morning to be cautious and call for help if they run into water over roadways.
As of Tuesday night, a portion of the bus is stuck in Markus Lagmanson's backyard. He said numerous residents of the the neighborhood of Valley View Estates have been asking Williamson County to install gates that can be locked during flood events.
All buses have been rerouted from CR 177 due to the road's closure.