Student steers school bus to safety

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Vehicle goes off road after driver experiences medical issue

A school bus transporting students to schools in Parrsboro went off the road early Thursday after the driver experienced a medical issue. The students are safe and the driver was being looked after by medical personnel.

PARRSBORO – A group of local students is shook up but not injured after a harrowing ride to school Thursday morning saw one of them steering the bus to a stop after the driver became incapacitated.

Sixteen-year-old Brady Dunham sprang to action when the bus driver experienced a medical issue at abput 8:30 a.m. 

The vehicle crossed the center line of the road and came to a rest in a field, after a close call with the Glooscap Restaurant, according to the local RCMP

“The kids were shaken up, but not hurt,” said Sgt. Allan Carroll of the Cumberland RCMP. “I’m glad there’s not more I have to tell you, because that bank is quite steep a little bit further back.”

Parrsboro Regional High School principal Chester Clark said the students were very fortunate.

“They’re very lucky they got through it with no serious injuries,” he said. ”That pass they went through… there’s a lot of obstacles.”

He praised Brady for his quick actions, as well as another student on the bus, Destiny Hoeg, who called 911.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is investigating the accident, so had little to say about the details of the event, but reported that the students were OK and were transported to school.

There were approximately 20 children on the bus with no reported injuries. As a precaution, all were examined by Emergency Health Services (EHS).  

The driver, a 51-year-old woman, was examined by medical personnel, but no update was available on her condition. She was transported to Cumberland Regional Health Centre by EHS. Damage to the bus was minimal.

“We are happy to report that students maintained their composure and did their best to support one another until emergency help arrived,” said Debbie Buott-Matheson, communications manager with the board.

“It could have been much worse,” said Carroll.

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  • D. Feit
    December 13, 2012 - 14:16

    The Parrsboro Regional High School students Brady Dunham and Destiny Hoeg are to be commended for their quick action that kept their bus driver and fellow students safe.

  • Gail Wagstaff
    December 13, 2012 - 13:45

    Way to go Brady and Destiny for your quick thinking.You are to be commended and thanked.Well done.