WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A deer crashed through a school bus windshield on Thursday morning.
- It landed on a sleeping 15-year-old student’s back, waking him up.
- No one on the bus was injured, not even the deer.
A deer crashed through a school bus windshield, landing on a student trying to have a nap.
Brendan Martin, 15, told CBS affiliate WTVR, “I was really confused because I was trying to sleep and I woke up to something on my back. I realized it was a deer and was just very confused because I’d never seen a deer actually jump through a windshield and then land.”
The bus was on its way to Powhatan High School just after 6 am on Thursday when the incident happened.
Security footage showed that the deer crashed through the windshield before it abruptly landed on Martin and stumbled — but it stood up quickly on its own and ran off as soon as the bus driver slowed down and opened the doors.
Fortunately, the deer was okay, according to a man who approached the driver. “The deer was not injured at all. He is still running across the field back there,” he said.
No one on the bus was injured. Larry Johns, assistant superintendent for finance, business operations, transportation, and food services, told Powhatan Today that the only damage was the windshield and windshield wiper.
The school district’s interim Director of Transportation Brian Bartlett commended the bus driver, who “did very well.” Bartlett said that the driver “was able to get the bus off to the side of the road safely, turned the four ways on while the bus was moving, and did all of this while the deer was still in the floor of the bus kicking all around. He did a very good job at keeping the bus safe and keeping the kids on the bus safe.”
Bartlett, who did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, added that the driver reported having a close call with a different deer just moments before the accident.
The county of Powhatan also praised the driver, writing on Facebook: “What a way to start the morning! Kudos to this bus driver for remaining calm and keeping our kids safe.”
Despite what happened, Martin told WTVR that he has no plans of swapping seats. He always takes the front seat every day.
“There’s no way it’s happening twice,” he said.