Portland school bus students record driver dozing at the wheel

PORTLAND, Ore. - High School students riding on a school bus complained to school leaders that their driver was falling asleep at the wheel and recorded video to get something done about it.

It was a problem that had apparently gone on for weeks.

The bus driver is now temporarily off the job, according to the school bus company, First Student.

Lincoln High School students Nick and Lewis Sayre told their vice principal, who told the district. But weeks later it was still happening. Nick's uncle, Marc Sayre, overheard them talking about it.

"I go, 'Uh, I need proof of that. You gotta get me a picture,'" Marc said.

That's why Nick recorded the video, which shows his bus driver barely able to stay awake. And sometimes his eyes looked like they weren't open at all.

But that wasn't all that happened. Students said the same driver drove the wrong way down a one-way street near Lincoln High School.

"And I said something," said Lewis. "I was like, 'Hey, this is a one-way street right?' And he was like, 'Oh, yeah. Oops.' Just didn't pay any mind to it."

The Portland school district was letting its bus contractor, First Student, investigate the complaints until the district saw the video Thursday.

"We got the evidence that we needed to demand him to be removed from his position as bus driver," said Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles.

The school district says it has also sent a letter to First Student to find out what it was doing to investigate that drivers' behavior. The company told the school district it was monitoring the driver daily after it received those complaints.