A near-collision with a deer on a bus route was not something MCTS driver Alfreeda Gogins could have prepared herself for.
"I thought I saw from the left side a deer jump over a car," Gogins said. "But I didn't want to sound crazy telling anybody that so I kind of brushed it off like, 'Nah, that's not what you seen,'" she continued.
However, that is exactly what she saw, and exactly what happened. In fact, the windshield camera on Gogin's bus recorded the whole thing going down on Good Hope Road.
"When it all took place, I'm like 'Oh Jesus, please have mercy,'" Gogins said.
Her prayer must have been answered. Even in the midst of the nerve-rattling incident, Gogins kept her safety and the safety of her passengers first. The quick-thinking driver slammed on her brakes, sparing the deer as he narrowly escaped death and slid to safety.
"Clearly a deer crossing sign was posted right on the right side of me," Gogins said. "So, the deer was actually in the right," she laughed.
According to MCTS, Gogins followed protocol. She did not swerve to avoid the deer, and the transit system applauds her for her efforts.
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