LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork)– A case of road rage unfolded in New Jersey after a school bus pulled into oncoming traffic and tried to pass a FedEx truck.
But what set off the erratic driving?
Steve O’Connor said he is still in shock over what he witnessed as he drove behind the bus and truck in Lakewood, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. He recorded cellphone video of the vehicles driving on the wrong side of the airport road.
“They were both completely on the other side of the two yellow lines and I couldn’t believe what I saw,” he said.
O’Connor said at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the driver from Jay’s Bus Service was tailgating and trying to pass the FedEx truck who he claims was intentionally driving about 18 mph.
“They were both getting upset at each other. At that point I said to myself, ‘I think something may happen here,'” O’Connor recalled.
And he was right. O’Connor started recording just as the school bus attempted to pass the freight truck and both drive into oncoming traffic. O’Connor posted the video on Facebook and it soon went viral.
Lakewood police saw it and said both drivers are in trouble.
“We need to speak to both drivers. The FedEx driver you can clearly see is not maintaining his lane and it appears based on the video that he may be trying to push the bus off to the side of the road,” Lakewood Detective Lt. Greg Staffordsmith said.
A FedEx spokesperson would only say they’re looking into the matter. CBS2 tried to speak with management at Jay’s Bus Service, but they refused a request for an interview.
“All I can tell you is the driver was terminated,” the company said. “Of course safety of the children is our number one concern. However we’re not going to give any interviews in reference to it.”
The bus service said there were no kids on the bus at the time of the incident, but O’Connor shutters to think what could have happened if there were.
“They were not only completely on the other side of the road, but when they came back over about a second and a half later a car was coming the other way. It could have been a pretty different situation had it happened like a second and a half later,” he said.