When a school bus driver seemed to experience a medical emergency, a middle school student sprang into action, possibly saving the lives of all of those on board. The driver had begun to operate the yellow school bus erratically just minutes after leaving the school, repeatedly steering the vehicle into ditches.
The incident took place on Thursday, according to a report by Fox News, with six students riding a bus from La Grange Middle School in Texas. The students were on their way home when the driver began driving erratically.
“He missed a turn and went into a ditch,” said Karson Vega, a 13-year-old middle school student. “Then he had to back up.”
“Then, he started making circles and stuff,” Vega added. “He was going off into a ditch on almost every turn.”
Vega quickly sprang into action, calling 911 in an attempt to get help. Kyler Buzcek, another student on the bus, also jumped in to assist.
“I went and got the little kids,” said Vega. “I told them to go to the back because they were sitting there crying and stuff. Then I told the other kid to hand on to them.”
Vega rushed to the front of the bus and turned on the flashers before jumping in the driver’s lap to take control of the vehicle.
“[The bus driver] wouldn’t take his feet off, so I kicked them over a little,” Vega stated.
Vega drove the bus for two miles along Highway 71 before coming to a stop near a bridge that crossed the Colorado River.
During the ordeal, Buzcek remained on the phone with police to keep them apprised of the situation.
“We would’ve all died,” said Vega. “Because he was swerving off pretty much into the river and off that hill, too.”
The driver was taken to an area hospital and is expected to be okay. The nature of his medical emergency has not been revealed.
Vega doesn’t usually ride the bus, but his mother was unable to pick him up from school on Thursday.
“There was a reason,” said Vega’s mother, “he was on the bus that day.”