Hero saves bus: A woman saved a Maryland bus after the driver passed out behind the wheel. People began calling her a “hero.”
Having no driver’s license did not prevent a Maryland woman from taking control of a bus when the driver passed out.
Janai Stafford got on a bus in Baltimore County on Tuesday afternoon, standing in the front next to the driver. There were a large number of children on board.
“All of a sudden (the bus driver) said, ‘Something’s not right. I don’t feel good. Something’s not right,’” Stafford told WBAL-TV. “And then all of a sudden, he passed out all over the wheel.”
After that, Stafford was forced to take action.
“I put my foot on his foot. I didn’t even know what foot to put,” she added. “It just happened. I put my foot on his foot, and I just wrapped my arm around him, and I steered the bus to the right and parked it.”
KVUE reported that Stafford has no driver’s license, but she was able to steer the bus to the side of the road.
The driver, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital and treated before he was released this week. He will have to undergo a medical and fitness exam before he gets behind the wheel again.
Stafford said that if the bus wasn’t controlled, it could have meant dire straits for those on board. “It could have gone onto (Interstate) 695. It could have drifted down Reisterstown Road,” she told WBAL.
“Everybody’s just like, ‘You’re a hero,’ and I’m like, ‘No. I’m not,’” she told ABC2. “It was instinct.”
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