Middle School Hero Drives Bus To Safety When Driver Suffers Medical Episode

A Texas middle school student sprang into action and guided a school bus to safety after he noticed the driver was suffering a medical emergency.
Six students from La Grange Middle School were on the bus on Thursday when the driver began driving erratically, Karson Vega says. He noticed something was wrong just minutes into the ride home.
“He missed a turn and went into a ditch. Then he had to back up, that’s when I started thinking… Then he started making circles and stuff. He was going off into a ditch on almost every turn,” the 13-year-old said.
Karson quickly jumped in and called 911 for help. It was teamwork, though: Kyler Buzcek, a sophomore student, stepped in and helped Karson calm the other students on the bus.
“I went and got the little kids. I told them to go to the back because they were sitting there crying and stuff. Then I told the other kid to hang on to them,” Karson recalled.
Karson turned on the bus flashers, jumped into the driver’s lap and drove the bus two miles on Highway 71 to a stop near a bridge above a Colorado River. Meanwhile, Kyler stayed on the phone with police throughout the ordeal.
“The driver wouldn’t take his feet off so I kicked them over a little,” Karson said.
Karson’s mother, Amber Vega said she was proud of her son for remaining calm throughout the incident. She added that it gives her “goosebumps” to think the students could have been hurt if her son didn’t think quickly at that moment. “We would’ve all died. Because he was swerving off pretty much into the river and off that hill, too,” Karson said.
The driver was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. It’s unclear what type of medical emergency he was experiencing.
Karson said he usually doesn’t ride the bus home, but it happened that his mother couldn’t pick him up that Thursday.
“There was a reason,” his mother said, “he was on that bus that day.”
Source: Katherine Lam/Fox News
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