AUSTIN (KXAN) - On the last day of classes at the University of Texas, student Nick Engmann found himself violently flung several feet after a Capital Metro bus hit him head-on in the middle of the street.
"It wasn't until that I got up, I looked at the bus, and I looked at the faces surrounding me ... I said, 'Wow, did I just get hit by a bus?'" said Engmann, who spoke with "Good Morning America" on Thursday. "And everyone was in a panic and a flurry."
KXAN News did talk with Engmann on the phone in early May, but he declined to comment and said he just wanted to study for finals.
"It was a little bit more stressful that I had to take it like right after I got hit by a moving vehicle," said Engmann. "But through a lot of help from people on campus, great friends and family, I was able to take my finals. And I got all As and one B."
Engmann said he is doing well. Doctors are still monitoring his neck and shoulders to make sure he's OK.
And while he was not seriously hurt, the sounds from inside the bus showed passengers clearly upset.
Though Engmann was knocked several feet by the bus, he swiftly got back up to walk to the sidewalk and lay down in a grassy area. Medical staff released him from the hospital the same day.
The video shows the bus driver did not run a red light and was following the law. However, CapMetro safety policies are more stringent -- where drivers are trained to stop when lights turn yellow.
In the 20-second clip released, you can see the driver stopped at a green light. When the light turns yellow, the driver accelerates and hits Engmann.
Austin police did cite the driver for allegedly running a red light that day, though that is likely to be dismissed. It will be up to the driver to contest the ticket.
Agency officials placed the driver on administrative leave, and he will face disciplinary action that will include retraining and a written warning.
Deadly MetroRail wreck
Four days before Engmann's run-in with the shuttle bus, a 32-year-old father of two boys died when a Capital MetroRail train hit his car and then dragged for several feet along the tracks.
Two children survived the wreckage near the private crossing west of MoPac Boulevard and north of Parmer Lane. Both boys were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center with minor injuries and remain in stable condition.
Passersby helped cut one of the boys loose from his seat belt with a pocket knife, and the other scrambled to safety on his own.
Jeremy Barta's roommate told KXAN News that he was a single father and was taking his two sons to school when the wreck happened.
The collision happened around 7:35 a.m. on Oak Creek Drive at the MoPac frontage road heading south, near the Howard Lane station and also near Scofield Ridge Parkway.
Neighbors told KXAN News that the wreck happened near a private driveway, where there are no gates. Neighbors also said there are three homes on that private land.
Engineers are not required to sound a train's horn nor are crossing arms required to be installed at private crossings. There are 13 private train crossings, only one of which has crossing arms.
Passengers on board the train told KXAN News they heard the conductor sound the horn.
Still, there are stop signs on both sides of the tracks -- meaning that cars going in both directions must stop before crossing.
This was the first death involving the MetroRail.
Deady shuttle bus accident
The deadly MetroRail wreck came days after Austin police announced they closed a probe into the deadly CapMetro bus accident that killed 22-year-old University of Texas student Andy Wang.
Police and CapMetro officials said it was a tragic accident when a CapMetro bus ran over Wang, who lost his balance and landed under the bus just before it took off.
Video released by the transit agency late Thursday shows Wang stumbling off the bus. He appears intoxicated as a friend tries to help him keep his balance. When the two get off the bus, Wang falls backward and lands underneath the back tire. The bus driver takes off, not knowing Wang was beneath the bus.
The video shows horrified passengers asking the driver to stop the bus. That driver later tries to keep those passengers away from the terrible scene outside the bus.
Wang was later pronounced dead at the hospital. He was set to graduate from The University of Texas in December.
The bus driver in this incident was not cited. He was put on administrative leave -- which is standard procedure -- and will return to work next week.
Since the MetroRail began running in 2010, there have been two previous wrecks involving the train.
Cedar Park police cited the teen driver of the pickup truck involved in the MetroRail wreck in March 2011, the first for the MetroRail since it began running the year before.
Some 17 passengers, including the operator, were aboard the train when it clipped the rear
passenger side of that pickup truck at a private crossing for the MetroRail. The site was also near a home.
Police said the accident happened around 9 a.m. in the 2000 block of Brushy Creek Road on a private, undeveloped road just west of South Vista Ridge Boulevard.
The 16-year-old was reportedly trying to cross the train tracks when the MetroRail hit the tail end of his truck. He was taken to the hospital by a family member to be checked out.
Police cited the teen for failure to yield the right of way at a railroad crossing.
A 64-year-old man was injured after falling from a CapMetro train bridge early that evening after he was hit by the train.
Austin-Travis County EMS workers first believed the injured man either jumped from the bridge or was blown off by turbulence from the train. However, CapMetro spokeswoman Misty Whited said the man was hit by the train.
This marked the first collision with a pedestrian since the MetroRail launched its service, and it was the second wreck for the MetroRail since launching.
Whited said that while the entire rail is a no-trespassing area, the man was on a single-track bridge. The train was traveling southbound at 40 mph.
The incident happened at Adelphi Lane and Waters Park Road, near Parmer Lane in Northwest Austin.
The man was awake and alert when the medical crew arrived, and he had multiple leg fractures.
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