Dashcam footage shows the moment a Leander ISD school bus was swept away in fast-moving Brushy Creek floodwaters last Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The 4-minute video shows the school bus enter the flooded crossing, and then float down the flooded creek for two minutes — hitting trees and debris along the way — before becoming stuck in the water.
According to Leander’s assistant chief of police Jeff Hayes, “The Leander Police Department has elected to release a portion of the forward-facing video from the bus in an effort to illustrate the dangers of attempting to drive across a low-water crossing during flood conditions.”
There appears to be a sign on the road that the driver maneuvers around before reaching the point where he was swept away.
The Leander Independent School District says the driver, 57-year-old Nathan Deyoung, was arrested by Leander police after he was rescued and is no longer employed by the district.
The bus was pulled off the road in Brushy Creek on County Road 177, heading east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward County Road 175.
The sole student on the bus was treated by Williamson County EMS and released to his family.
An important takeaway from the footage is how fast the bus is pulled along with the raging water.
According to the statement by Leander police, the vehicle displaces 1,500 pounds of water for every foot the water rises up the side of the vehicle. In short, vehicles weigh 1,500 pounds less for every foot of water they are in.