Teen Bus Fatal Heart Attack

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Teen Bus Fatal Heart Attack, A Pennsylvania teenager who was just learning to drive took the wheel of a school bus after the driver suffered a fatal heart attack.

Graceann Rumer, 17, was able to grab the wheel of the bus just as the driver Charles Duncan collapsed and died Tuesday.

“I just realized that there’s no one driving this bus,” Rumer said. “I needed to do something.”

Rumer, a senior at Calvary Christian Academy in northeast Philadelphia, had been driving to school for practice a lot lately, but, luckily for all, on Tuesday she happened to take the bus.

Rumer and about three dozen other students were riding the bus home when the 51-year-old driver suddenly collapsed about 3:30 p.m., falling from the driver’s seat on to the floor.

With the driver obstructing the brake pedal, Rumer acted quickly. She grabbed the wheel of the moving bus and made a U-turn to slow it down and change direction, as it was heading into oncoming traffic, witnesses say.

With still no access to the brake pedal, Rumer put the bus into park and successfully and safely stopped it, according to witnesses and bus company officials.

“I usually panic at, like, everything but I just reached over, grabbed the wheel and I pulled it over to the side and got off the road,” Rumer said.

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