A five-year-old girl miraculously survived after a school bus drove over her.
The bus, which was taking Orthodox Jewish students to school on Christmas Day in Monsey, New York, was caught on camera passing over the girl who was knocked down by the vehicle’s retractable arm.
Video of the incident shows the girl running directly in front of the bus as it begins to drive away.
The little girl is seen laying flat on the road as the bus drives over her. Luckily, the girl passed under the bus’s undercarriage and avoided its tires.
Afterwards, a woman is seen helping the girl up and escorting her to the sidewalk.
According to 4029 News, the girl suffered minor bruising on her face and was taken to the hospital.
The bus driver, Gavriel Surkis, who continued on his route, was reportedly ticketed for unsafely starting a vehicle. Surkis told authorities he did not realize he hit the girl.
‘”I’m glad that the girl is OK,” that was the first thing (Surkis) said,’ a man identified only as Shlowmo Z told NBC New York, adding ‘He’s a very responsible driver and a mature driver.’
Yehuuda Zorgar, a Monsey resident, said: ‘Hanukkah in general is a holiday which brings out light from darkness. So God forbid something bad would have happened, it would have been darkness.’
Another resident told WTVM: ‘It was truly a Hanukkah miracle. That little girl was facing darkness, and it turned to light. Thank God, she doesn’t even have a broken bone.’
Video of the incident was originally published by The Yeshiva World. Police are reportedly using the video in their investigation.
Child Protective Services was notified after the ordeal, as per procedure, according to authorities.