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Video of frightening bicycle-bus collision released

MADISON (WKOW) -- Video of a frightening collision between a bicyclist and a Madison Metro bus has been released, and authorities say the bus driver's quick reactions helped avert tragedy.

Madison Metro Bus spokesperson Mick Rusch says the Route-6 bus was driven by veteran driver Brenda Jensen eastbound on Regent Street June 28, just before 8 a.m.

As the bus approached Breese Terrace and Camp Randall stadium authorities say 23-year old bicyclist Whitney Verdegan darted out from a driveway onto Regent and into the path of the bus.

As you see in the video, Verdegan braked but still crashed into the bus. The collision sent her sprawling, and without a bike helmet, she benefited from her back  pack slipping up to partially cushion her head as she fell backwards onto the street.

"But that bus stopped instantly, and I think that's what saved her life," Rusch said.

Rusch says Jensen has been driving since 1999 and has a clean safety record, causing no crashes.

Rusch says the video has been incorporated into training materials, and has been picked up for inclusion in safety instruction by national transit organizations.

"The only way to train for that is just to be attentive and ready at all times," Rusch said.

Authorities say Verdegan had only minor injuries as a result of the collision.

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