|SCREENSHOT FROM BUS DASHCAM VIDEO MOMENTS BEFORE CRASH (IMAGE COURTESY OF LRPSD)|
A bus from the Little Rock Public School District was involved in an accident Friday morning near the I-630/I-30 interchange when the driver was frightened by a creepy clown standing in the median.
LRPSD bus driver Lucious Washington told reporters, "I saw him jump over the concrete divider and he looked like he was going to run right at me.
"It was the most nerve-racking thing that has happened in my 13 years of driving these childrens. The way he was holding that knife and looking at me all crazy-eyed, like he wanted to stick it in my windpipe just like in that Notorious B.I.G. song," said a clearly frazzled Washington.
According to the accident report, after seeing the scary clown Washington slammed on the brakes causing a SUV to smash into the rear of the bus.
No children were seriously injured, but several were transported to nearby Children's Hospital for treatment of minor cuts and bruises.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said that reports of scary clown sightings are spreading across the United States and an investigation is underway to catch the clown that caused the accident.
Just last week Dustin Summers, a Whitehall Police Officer, was suspended for two days without pay after dressing up as a clown and posting a photo on his Facebook page.
This was on the heels of reports in Arkansas of sightings of clowns with weapons.
"To have that going on, numerous sightings of a clown with a weapon, then our officer dresses up as a clown with a weapon, that in itself was just a bad decision on his part," said Mickey Buffkin, an investigator with the White Hall Police Department.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Bucker urged the public to remain vigilant and to call 911 “if you see anything suspicious, anyone dressed up in a clown costume.” He also urged anyone who may spot creepy clowns in the future to take photos or record video footage and then turn them over to the police.
“The clowning around needs to stop,” said Buckner during a television news interview. “It’s illegal, it’s dangerous, it’s inappropriate, it’s creating community concern and I'm scared shitless of clowns.”
Bucker has asked the city board of directors to pass an emergency ordinance to ban the sale of clown costumes in Little Rock.
The Arkansas State Police and the Little Rock Police Department are asking if anyone has information that would assist them in their investigation into this matter to come forward.