AWENDAW, S.C. — The Post and Courier reports that two Charles Pinckney Elementary School teachers kept the bus they were on with 26 students and their chaperones from turning on its side after driver Michael Hacker sped through a stop sign and made a late turn. As a result, he was thrown to the floor by the momentum and the bus veered into a ditch.
Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter who works with one of the students on the bus, grabbed the wheel and regained control of the bus, but Hacker's position prevented him from reaching the brake pedal. Fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan was able to climb around Hacker, sit in the seat and stop the bus.
It's not clear what caused Hacker's behavior, according to The Post and Courier. In a video of the incident, he can reportedly be heard telling students later that the "brakes didn't want to work," and that he was sorry. Hacker received traffic citations for driving too fast for conditions and for not wearing a seat belt. Officials for the company that runs the bus routes for the district told the newspaper that Hacker is no longer its employee.
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