Student Takes Over Wheel After School Bus Driver Collapses

Posted on March 2, 2017

PELL CITY, Ala. — A high school student here jumped into action when his bus driver collapsed behind the wheel, helping to avoid an accident and keep the 38 students on board safe, WIAT reports.

As Jesse Frank was riding the bus home last month, he noticed that the driver was acting strangely, according to the news source. Frank told WIAT that the driver’s head had rolled back and her hands were not on the steering wheel. He moved to the front of the bus and steered it off the road. He then used his hands to push down the brake and stop the bus, the news source reports. Frank then called 911 and waited for help to arrive before taking his hand from the pedal. He also comforted other students on the bus. No one was hurt in the incident.

The bus driver had suffered a medical emergency, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to WIAT. Meanwhile, Frank was presented with a key to the city at a recent City Council meeting to acknowledge his quick actions.

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Related Topics: Alabama, emergency planning

Comments ( 1 )
  • Deborah Ellenburg

     | about 2 years ago

    I think it is a good idea to have at least 1 child that you trust enough (high school age) on your bus to be able to stop and secure the bus in a safe place in case the driver becomes unable to operate the bus. They should also be able to operate the two way radio to call the supervisor that help is needed.

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