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article imageBus driver almost hits news conference in Cincinnati

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 31, 2012 in Odd News
Cincinnati - A news conference taking place in Cincinnati was abruptly interrupted when a bus pulled up a little too close for comfort for those taking part.
Not to mention the bus driver hit a Channel 9 news van in the process.
Fortunately, those on the sidewalk and on the bus were uninjured.
A group of people were gathered downtown in front of the Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino construction site after a floor had collapsed and 13 workers were hurt.
As Steve Rosenthal, representative for the casino's owner Rock Gaming, was speaking to reporters, the bus pulled up and in the sound footage in the video a horn honking and a subsequent startled crowd's reaction can be heard.
Bus pulls into location where a news conference is taking place
Bus pulls into location where a news conference is taking place
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The cameras turn and there's a bus directly aside the breaking news conference.
One of the participants says to Rosenthal, "Hold on just a sec" and approaches the bus door and appears to have spoken to the driver.
Next a horn can be heard honking again and the bus begins to back up and stops abruptly; the bus driver unhappily emerges from the bus.
"…if you people would have moved out of my way, I wouldn't have ran into this truck," she said, visibly upset. "We still have a job to do and I understand you all have a job to do, but I still got a job to do, I got passengers on this bus."
Bus driver emerges
Bus driver emerges
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The people present for the news conference ended up moving away from the bus station driveway so the conference could continue.
Joann Searles, 48, of Madisonville, was cited by Cincinnati police for improper change of course which carries a maximum fine of $100. She is due to appear in court on Friday to answer to the charge.
Reportedly Searles was the one who called police to the scene as she thought she was in the right in this incident. She has been suspended without pay while the company investigates the situation.
Cincinnati.com reported Tom Goebel, vice president of the GoBus company said yesterday, “I don’t think she knew the microphones were on."
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