240. 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 county again.”