May 08--On most days, the bus wins.
Not this time.
That's why Cyril Yannick Engmann's encounter with a 40-foot-long, 25,000-pound beast of a bus Friday is the stuff of video legend.
The University of Texas freshman from Rockwall was engaged in an annual last-day-of-class foam sword fight on Guadalupe Street in Austin when he lunged in the path of the Capital Metro bus, which, according to police, ran a red light.
Amazingly, the direct hit that hurled Engmann several feet into the air was caught on video.
More astonishing: The 18-year-old didn't just live to tell about it, he stood up and walked away with no serious injuries.
The odds of surviving such a hit, to say the least, are long. Various websites throw out astronomical numbers, but who really knows?
What Engmann and his horrified friends do know is that he's lucky to be alive.
Some TV news stations showing the video warned viewers that it might be hard to watch.
Engmann, an engineering student, could not be reached for comment Monday, but he wrote on his Facebook page that he's the "sorest guy on the planet."
"Adrenaline=long gone, pain killers=barely helping," he said.
The former Rockwall-Heath High School honors student -- "Nick" to his family and friends -- was taken to a hospital shortly after the accident, treated and released.
His father, Yannick Engmann, declined to discuss the incident. "His lawyer advised us not to talk to anybody," he said in a brief phone interview.
His son's Austin-based attorney did not return a phone call for comment.
Everyone else, though, is talking about it. And the video, of course, quickly went viral.
It shows Engelman standing with a boisterous crowd of sword-waving students waiting to cross "the Drag," as that part of Guadalupe is known. As soon as he steps off the curb, you see the blur of a bus as Engelman slams into the windshield.
Panicked "oohs" and "ahhs," along with a few alarmed screams, could be heard as people rushed to his aid.
Engelmann, in another Facebook posting just hours after he was hit, apologized for scaring his friends and ruining their fun.
The students were participating in Foam Sword Friday, a 6-year-old tradition designed to help relieve stress before final exams in the fall and spring.
"Sorry the event got halted because of me fellow Longhorns!" he wrote. "I'll individually try and make it up to you all. Hook em!!!"
Misty Whited, a Capital Metro spokeswoman, confirmed that the 59-year-old driver of the bus was cited for running a red light and put on paid administrative leave.
And, like thousands of others, she's seen the video.
"It's just one of those things you say 'wow' to when you see it," Whited said.
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