Footage: A runaway truck almost hits a school bus full of children in Cleveland, Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dashcam video captures the terrifying moments when a truck driver lost control of his tractor-trailer near Cleveland, Ohio and almost crashed into a school bus loaded with students.

The incident happened around 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, when a school bus was completing its morning rounds en route to Ralph E. Waite Elementary School in Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, according to Montville Police Chief Matthew Neil.

The bus had stopped northbound on State Route 57 to pick up children when the driver was alerted by the truck’s horn, Neil said.

Another employee, who was also on the bus, asked the driver if it was safe for the truck to drive through.

The truck driver realized his brakes weren’t working and began downshifting the vehicle to avoid crashing into the bus, Neil told CNN.

In the videos released by the Montville Police Department, the truck’s dashcam also rolled, capturing the terrified driver’s reaction as he approached the school bus. The driver let out several screams as he weaved between the school bus and a pickup truck that had stopped in the oncoming lane.

“I’m just sitting here. The next thing I know, I hear a horn honk and I look up and I realize there’s a tractor-trailer coming head-on at me,” the pick-up truck’s driver, Josh Click, told CNN – Daughter WEWS. “I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and the children. It was one of those moments where you realize things can happen instantly.”

The truck driver eventually got the truck to stop about a quarter mile down the road and called his employer to let them know what had happened, Neil said.

“I think the truck driver handled that mistake as professionally as possible,” said Neil. “We couldn’t have asked for a better answer when it comes to avoiding a catastrophic accident. We don’t have enough ambulances in this county to meet the needs of the patients if he hit that bus and had injuries. I’m just so grateful that his professionalism helped avoid a crisis.

It is still unknown why the truck was unable to stop and the vehicle is currently under inspection by the Ohio State Motor Carrier Enforcement.

Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed. CNN has reached out to the agency for further comment. Footage: A runaway truck almost hits a school bus full of children in Cleveland, Ohio

Dais Johnston

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