Camera catches DART driver going wrong way on I-35

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 5:27 PM

DALLAS –– After a fatal wreck snarled traffic on Interstate 35 in Oak Cliff early Tuesday morning, a TxDOT camera captured an alarming sight: A terribly impatient DART bus driver chose to drive the wrong way on an entrance ramp to avoid the gridlock.

Following the lead of another car, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit driver took a short cut off the interstate to avoid the backup from the seven-car wreck. It just so happened that the short cut forced another driver –– who was operating their car legally –– to hit the brakes to avoid striking the bus.

DART officials were not amused.

"That operator should not have done that, period," said Mark Ball, a spokesman for the transit agency. "And because he did, he will be counseled."

DART managers say no passengers were on the bus at the time. The driver has been suspended for three days.

"Obviously, if we find out other information that may be considered inappropriate, then we'll take it all into consideration," Ball said.

DART officials say their bus drivers are no different than any other drivers. That means following the rules of the road or paying the price when they're caught breaking the law.

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