Teen Bus Driver Heart Attack

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Teen Bus Driver Heart Attack, A fast-acting Philadelphia teen grabbed the wheel of her speeding school bus after the driver collapsed from a heart attack on Tuesday afternoon, saving dozens of high schoolers from a potentially deadly crash.

“I just realized that there’s no one driving this bus, I need to do something,” Graceann Rumer, 17, told NBC Philadelphia.

Rumer just started driving about two weeks ago and lately had been driving herself to Calvary Christian Academy for practice, the station reported.

Luckily for her schoolmates, she decided to take the bus on Tuesday.

Witnesses and school bus officials said that about three dozen teens were on their way home through northeast Philadelphia at around 3:30 p.m. when driver Charles Duncan, 51, suddenly lost consciousness and slid beneath the wheel.

Rumer quickly grabbed the wheel and yanked the moving bus out of the way of oncoming traffic, NBC reported.

Though she couldn’t reach the brake pedal – Duncan was blocking it – she managed to pull the bus to the side of the road and safely stop it.

None of the students were injured.

Duncan, however, died later at a hospital.

Students and teachers called Rumer a hero.

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