PITTSBURGH - Channel 11 News has learned a Greyhound bus driver has been placed on leave and an investigation has been launched after a passenger posted a video of the driver allegedly texting while driving.
Sarah Struewing told Target 11’s Rick Earle that she recorded the video Sunday afternoon while traveling from Pittsburgh to Columbus.
“I was hearing a phone chime every now and then. I looked up and it was the driver. He was texting while driving,” Struewing said.
According to Struewing, she also has video of the cellphone resting on the driver’s leg.
“It was throughout the entire trip,” she said. “It was a little nerve-wracking to say the least.”
Struewing said she thought about approaching the driver, but decided not to.
“I didn’t want a confrontation. My life was in this guy’s hands and I didn’t know how he’d react the rest of the way there,” Struewing said.
Struewing said she contacted her boyfriend, Chris Vario, in Pittsburgh and he called the bus station. According to Vario, he was told there was nothing they could do,
“I couldn’t believe he said this, ‘If we did that then it might cause the driver to become upset and therefore get more distracted,’” Vario said.
Vario told Earle he also called the Greyhound station in Columbus and they told him he could file a complaint.
Greyhound officials told Channel 11 News they have a zero-tolerance policy of drivers using mobile devices while driving. They said customer safety is the cornerstone of their business.
“Safety, yes, that’s the main concern of herself and the other lives of people on the bus,” Vario said.