CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Teachers save bus after driver falls from seat
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (NBC/WCBD) - Some fast thinking teachers in the Lowcountry put the brakes on a dangerous situation, jumping into action after a school bus packed with kids runs a stop sign and the driver is tossed from behind the wheel.
On December 4th, a long awaited field trip to Bulls Island for 4th graders at Pinkney Elementary School was coming to an end.
The typical bus ride back to school turned into one kids, 4th grade teacher Amy Ryan, and Language Interpreter Lee Morris will probably never forget.
"I don't remember who said it first but somebody said stop, stop, sign stop and you could tell the bus driver was just going too fast to stop," said Ryan. "The bus driver I think kind of over turned and it felt like it felt like we were going to tip a little bit."
As the bus weaved and kids the screamed, Ryan looked ahead and found that somebody else had taken the wheel.
"Then I look up and Mr. Morris is at the wheel and the bus driver is next to the seat," said Ryan.
"We made the turn and once we made the turn and kind of went down into the ditch a little bit that is when the driver lost his seat," said Morris. "Because of the turn of the wheels we came back out of the ditch but that's when I was able to jump up and grab the wheel and keep it going down the road straight."
Now that Morris had the wheel, getting the bus to stopped was the issue. And it was Ryan's turn to react.
"And I asked Mr. Morris if he could reach the break and he said no and so I jumped in stopped the bus," said Ryan.
Both humble educators say they did what anybody else would have done. They're a little uncomfortable now that word is out about their heroics.
"It's not one those things that you really want credit for and honestly I wish it didn't happen," said Ryan "It was very scary. It's nice. It's really very nice. But it fells a little strange."
There were 26 kids on the bus. None were hurt.
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