Heroic Passenger Jumps Into Action When Bus Driver Loses Consciousness While Driving

by Kim Wong-Shing
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Kenneth Manola, of Cache County, Utah, often takes the bus to his business classes throughout the week. Last Tuesday’s commute was just like any other… until the bus began to swerve into oncoming traffic.

“I felt it was strange,” Kenneth told KTVQ, “because we started to veer off into the left-hand lane.”

Kenneth got up to see what was going on, approaching the bus driver to see if he was OK. “Then, all of a sudden, [the driver] started to seize and fell back in his chair [and] his hands came off the wheel,” Kenneth said.

His heart racing, Kenneth grabbed the wheel and, in a state of shock, steered the bus down the road while urging the six other passengers on board to call 911.

“I didn’t want to get into a wreck,” he said. “I was trying to focus on what was going on.”

After successfully commandeering the bus’ steering wheel, Kenneth then focused on trying to get control of the vehicle’s gas and brake pedals. The bus driver was still unconscious, having suffered an unspecified medical emergency, and his foot was stuck on the accelerator.

The next few minutes were tense and uncertain, but Kenneth managed to scoot the driver’s foot off the gas and put his own foot on the brakes.

“I did the best I could, based on the situation, to try to get out of harm’s way,” our hero explained.

See the incredible footage of Kenneth’s bravery…

Footage provided by WHO Des Moines.

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