WEIRD NEWS
09/22/2015 06:39 pm ET

Burrito Blamed For Bus Crash

Burritos are usually blamed for indigestion and obesity, not car crashes.

Friends don’t let friends eat burritos and drive.

A burrito may be the reason why Albuquerque bus driver Jeremy Perea crashed into three cars back in July, 2014.

 Newly released surveillance video shows Perea was eating a burrito behind the wheel at the time of the crash. At one point, he can be seen taking both hands off the wheel in order to take a bite, KOB TV reports.

The video shows Perea putting down the burrito and apparently taking his eyes off the road. The driver doesn't seem to notice a line of cars stopped ahead of him until he hit one car, causing a chain reaction of crashes.

One driver injured in the crash is now suing the City of Albuquerque for damages.

City officials aren't commenting on the lawsuit, but told KOAT TV that bus drivers aren't allowed to eat or drink while driving.

Because of the collision, Perea was required to go through training again.

“Our driver was disciplined for eating and drinking on the job, which is against our policy, and for causing the accident. And he has not been in an accident since that day,” ABQ RIDE Public Information Officer Rick De Reyes told ABC News.

Although the bus driver's love of burritos may have contributed to the accident, some Albuquerque locals think people are making too big a deal out of it.

"He was hungry and still doing his job," Allan Guz wrote on KOB TV's Facebook page.  "My tax money is ok to feeding our city workers.  If he was at some restaurant having drinks then driving lets talk.  This is stupid to bash somebody for."

 

 

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