DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A bus with 12 people onboard crashed into the side of a building in DeKalb County on Tuesday.
Channel 2 Action News has obtained surveillance video showing the bus crashing into the business.
Nearly a dozen people had to be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
An ambulance driver has been charged with running the red light at the intersection of Glenwood Road and Candler Road.
Channel 2’s Liz Artz learned the ambulance driver was charged with street racing in 2014, before working for the ambulance company.
According to a police report, the driver of the ambulance, Lemonte Weaver, fell asleep while driving. He hit the bus coming from the South DeKalb Mall as it came through the intersection.
“If he was that tired he should have just stayed at home,” said Gwendolyn Scott, whose car was hit by the bus.
The bus first hit a metal garbage can, came across the sidewalk, then right into a tax services business.
No one was in the business at the time, but a dozen people were on the Emory shuttle bus. The front door of the bus was blocked with debris, so everyone got out through the back door.
Firefighters still had to go in and rescue one person stuck on the bus.
“We sent our firefighters in there for two reasons: to make sure there was no one in there early in the morning and two, to make sure building was sound enough we weren’t afraid it was going to collapse,” said DeKalb County Fire Capt. Eric Jackson.
“A lot of them got banged up from what I seen. They’re coming into hospital with cuts, bruises, bleeding knee messed up,” Scott said.
The ambulance was transporting one person but did not have the lights or sirens on.
Firefighters had to cut open the back of the ambulance open to get to the patient. That person was transported to the hospital, also with only minor injuries from the crash.
Artz got a text message from Weaver saying he had no comment about the wreck.