Camera captures Raytown school bus almost hitting young girl

Posted at 6:52 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 20:18:31-04

A father is outraged after he says a school bus nearly took his daughter's life.

Not only were the parents of the first-grader watching from their home. But a security camera captured the moment a more than 20,000 pound bus nearly struck the little girl.

Every day just before 4:30 p.m. the school bus drops off six-year-old Zorianna off in front of her house but on Friday this routine nearly ended in tragedy.

Security video show her school bus pulling up with its lights flashing but the school bus's crossing arm isn't extended.

Zorianna runs toward her dad as the bus begins to pull away.

"I said hey!!! She [bus driver] stopped," Myron Piggie, the girl's father said.

Piggie can't believe the bus driver's actions. He says his daughter is traumatized.

Piggie said she tells him this, "oh daddy is the next bus driver going to hit me? Oh daddy! I almost died."

When he called the Raytown School District transportation supervisor looking for answers, the response surprised him.

"He had no remorse," Piggie said.

Piggie now wants an apology and some transparency from the district.

"What are your procedures when your bus drivers make this kind of mistake? This is a major mistake!" Piggie said.

The school district refused to go on camera but gave this statement to 41 Action News:

"The safety and security of our students is the top priority of the district's transportation department. The district expects all drivers to operate with caution, be aware of their surroundings, and maintain precautionary procedures to ensure the safety of all passengers"

They added they're conducting their own investigation.

"We gotta do something about this," Piggie said.