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Austin man suing Capital Metro after he says bus dragged him

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Randy Meitzen is a born and raised Austinite. He's a painting contractor, but he hasn't been able to work as much as he's wanted to lately because of what he says happened on January 13 as he was getting off of a Capital Metro bus.

Meitzen claims the bus was late and so the driver didn't actually let him off at a bus stop, making it hard to exit.

"They closed the door on my right leg and I hit the pavement right here and then they proceeded to take off," Meitzen said.

Meitzen says the bus dragged him 10 feet before the driver realized he needed to stop.

"The other guy got off the bus and was beating on the door saying 'Stop, stop! You're dragging this man,'" Meitzen said.

His friend Clayton McKinney says he saw the whole thing and also tried to help.

"I even tried to stop the bus, dude! I was like 'Hey man, slow down...something,'" McKinney said.

According to the Austin Police report, someone was cited for reckless driving. Meitzen says that person was the bus driver.

"He was ticketed for failure to stop and render aid and reckless driving," Meitzen said.

According to Meitzen, the driver never got out to check on him.

McKinney isn't sure the driver even realized what was happening.

"Probably didn't know what was going on but at the same time, he didn't hear what everybody else was saying, you know what I mean," McKinney said.

The result was a nasty injury on Meitzen's forehead and a concussion.

"Oh yeah, they stitched me up, 17 stitches, my back's tore up, my knees tore up I mean...they d*** near crippled me," Meitzen said.

Meitzen says he spent a couple of days in the hospital and couldn't get out of bed for two weeks. His bills are up to $10,000, which his attorneys are hoping to help him out with by suing Capital Metro.

"That's our taxes. We own Capital Metro. But they don't treat us that way. They treat us like second class citizens because we're riding the bus," Meitzen said.

Capital Metro says they did receive a claim from Meitzen and his attorneys and they released this statement to FOX 7 saying:

"At this time we do not have enough information to substantiate those claims. Our insurance company is actively investigating the matter. Our customers' safety is our top priority, and all of our bus operators receive extensive training before they are allowed to carry passengers."

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