Foam Sword Friday.
University of Texas student describes moment of impact on "Good Morning America" after being hit by a Capital Metro Bus last month.
University of Texas student Nick Engmann appeared on "Good Morning America" Thursday after his run-in with a Capital Metro Bus a month ago. A Foam Sword Friday participant, Engmann was hit between the Co-op and Six Pack crossover as he raced, foam sword in hand, across the street.
Foam Sword Friday is an end of the semester, pre-finals, architecture event that has taken place for about the last eight years, event organizer James Spence said. Around noon students gather to receive foam swords, divide themselves across the street and await the cross signal as their green light to engage in battle. When the signal appears, student’s race into the middle of the street, often dressed in costume, and beat back their end of semester stress. Engmann was reported to have been wearing a Barack Obama mask at the time of the incident.
“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 on GMA.
A 21-year veteran, the bus driver who hit Engmann received a citation for running a red light, Veneza Aguiñaga, spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department, told the Statesman.
"He will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation that will include a drug and alcohol test," Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica Mc-Kewen said in a statement to the press. "If it is determined that the driver was at fault, he will face disciplinary action."
KVUE reported that Engmann was taken to St. David’s Medical Center where EMS officials declared his injuries to be minor and non-life threatening.
“I got out of the hospital in under two hours with only a sling,” Engmann said on GMA. “I’m doing fine myself. I am blessed to be alive and I’m really appreciative to be here.”
Engmann of Rockwall, Texas is an electrical engineering major. On his show appearance, Engmann told GMA host Robin Roberts that after the accident he took his final exams and received all A’s and one B.
Engmann received 44 likes and 17 comments on his May 30 Facebook post:
“If your awake and want to see me on Good Morning America the interview should happen sometime between 7:30/6:30 central! I myself would tune in just for the "surprise" i have in store ;)”