340. School Bus Crashes
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An elementary school bus driver pulled into a
station in Ohio because he had to use
bathroom. Instead of turning off the engine and
the key with him, the driver left the
running. “It was cold outside, and I didn’t
the kids to get chilly while I was
the bathroom,” he told a police officer. There
20 kids on the bus. The driver forgot
set the emergency brake because he was in
hurry, he said.
The bus slowly started rolling
from the gas station. As the bus picked
speed, the kids began yelling and screaming. Ten-year-old
had the composure to run forward to the
’s seat and grab the steering wheel. He pressed
on the brake pedal and managed to stop
bus as it approached a guard rail overlooking
creek bed. Jake turned off the ignition. After
cops arrived at the scene, they congratulated Jake
his heroic effort.
“That is one cool kid,”
the police sergeant. “I told him he would
a great police officer when he grows up.”
wasn’t impressed with what he had done. “Stopping
bus,” he said, “was easy compared to playing
Theft Auto III,” his favorite action video game.
bus driver, walking along the highway when arrested
the police, was initially charged with “leaving a
unattended while motor vehicle is running.” While that
only a minor driving violation, the county district
said he hoped to upgrade the charge to
felony because of the number of children involved.
he is charged with,” the DA said, “I
see that he never drives a bus in