University of Texas Student Hit by Bus Describes Moment of Impact

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Friday, June 1, 2012

University of Texas freshman Nick Engmann was having the time of his life, taking part in a university-wide, pre-finals tradition to ease stress when things took a dramatic turn.

The moment happened so fast, he says, he didn’t know what hit him, literally.

‘It wasn’t until I got up, I looked at the bus, I looked at the faces of everyone surrounding me where I actually said, ‘Wow, did I just get hit by a bus?’” Engmann said today on “Good Morning America.”

“I was utterly confused.  I had no idea what had just happened,” Engmann said of that instant earlier this month that he was plowed down by a bus in front of the campus.  “In all honesty, I thought someone just pushed me over.”

Engmann, 18, was taking part in an end-of-semester, University of Texas tradition known as “Foam Sword Friday” in which students rally around campus to relieve stress before final exams. As his fellow revelers waved their foam swords, Engmann ran into the street at the exact  moment that the driver of a city bus ran a red light.

The bus struck Engmann directly, sending the electrical engineering major flying into the air in front of the horrified crowd.  Video of the incident posted online quickly went viral and showed the chaos afterward as his friends came to his aid.

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