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George Simpson Jr., N.J. bus driver, accused of committing lewd act behind the wheel

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(CBS/AP) WEEHAWKEN, N.J. - New Jersey's transit agency has fired a bus driver for committing a lewd act while on the job.

A commuter videotaped 41-year-old George Simpson Jr. masturbating behind the wheel while operating a New Jersey Transit bus in Weekhawken on June 24, reports CBS New York.

The video shows him maneuvering the bus through heavy traffic and the Lincoln Tunnel while pleasuring himself. The bus was traveling from Carteret to New York City.

New Jersey Transit police have charged Simpson with risking injury or damage by removing his hands from the wheel. He's also accused of lewdness and reckless driving.

In a statement, NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said the driver was immediately removed from service without pay because of "disturbing and grossly irresponsible conduct."

According to the station, Durso apologized on behalf of the agency and apologized to anyone who witnessed the act.

Simpson's bail was reportedly set at $2,500.