PORTLAND, Ore. -- A TriMet bus driver was caught on video by a passenger, reading a Kindle while driving down I-5.
As the driver reached into his bag, pulled out the Kindle and set it on the dashboard, the passenger decided to catch it all on camera.
The recording took place on Line 96 Bus from Bridgeport Village to downtown Portland, TriMet officials said Thursday.
The passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, recorded about 60 seconds of video as the bus runs along the Terwilliger Curves. The passenger said the driver appeared to be reading all the way through the curves and into downtown.
The video shows the driver, whose name has not been released, looking up and down at the device while he drives. At one point, the driver uses only an elbow to steer the bus for a few seconds, while looking down at the Kindle. He seldom has both hands on the wheel.
"When I departed the bus, he asked if I took his picture while he was driving," the passenger said, "I said I had and he responded that I was not allowed to take his photo while driving."
TriMet's Bekki Witt told KGW the driver was immediately pulled off of his route after they received several complaints. Hired in July 2000, he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.