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Caught on Video: New Mexico Bus Driver Goes Through Windshield in Dramatic Crash

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Two drivers were unhurt after a public bus and pickup truck collided at an intersection in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sending the bus driver through the windshield.

A public bus collided with a pickup truck in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2014. (Credit: KOAT/via CNN)

A public bus collided with a pickup truck in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2014. (Credit: KOAT/via CNN)

The dramatic crash occurred Jan. 2 at Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard (map), where police said a truck ran a red light and struck the ABQ Ride bus.

"It was a crash that was unavoidable," Rick De Reyes, a spokesman for the transit agency, told KOAT. "If you take a look at the video, there was nothing he could have done to prevent that crash."

Cameras mounted on the bus captured video as it jumped a curb and struck a Route 66 sign. The driver, who city officials said was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown forward and through the windshield. Footage from inside the vehicle shows him climbing back into the driver's seat immediately after the impact.

No passengers were onboard the bus at the time of the collision, KOAT reported.

Traffic was held up for hours as crews worked to clear the scene.

De Reyes said the bus driver had a good record but that "he could face some discipline" for not wearing a seatbelt.

The video will now be used as a training tool for city drivers, officials said.

KOAT's Matt Howerton contributed to this report.