SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Transit Authority officials say an operating error caused a bus to roll 60 feet (18 meters) down a hill without its driver about two weeks ago.

Chief Safety and Security Officer Dave Goeres had said Wednesday that although the driver applied electronic and air brakes before exiting the bus, she forgot to apply manual brakes.

The driver had pulled over on the side of the road May 5 because the engine appeared to be overheating. Goeres says she had stopped the bus, informed passengers of the issue and then exited, forgetting to apply the manual brakes.

Goeres says the driver reset the bus’ battery from outside, a common practice that disengaged the brakes.

A passenger who had moved into the driver seat stopped the bus.

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