(Washington) A 13-year-old American student, passenger of a bus full of students, managed to avoid a potentially tragic accident by stopping the vehicle whose driver had fainted at the wheel, welcomed Thursday local officials.
Little Dillon Reeves “jumped out of his seat, threw his backpack, ran to the front of the bus, grabbed the steering wheel and managed to stop the bus in the middle of the road,” said Robert Livernois, head of public schools in this district in the State of Michigan, during a press conference.
The driver of the bus, who was bringing home about 60 students from Carter College in the town of Warren, north of Detroit, on Wednesday, suddenly “lost consciousness” at the wheel, he said in a statement the day before.
In a video released by the authorities, we can indeed see the driver feeling bad and fainting, then the schoolboy taking control of the steering wheel, appearing to press the brake and managing to stop the bus despite the panic and in the middle of the cries of frightened children.
He yells at his classmates to “call for help immediately.”
The emergency services and the police then took charge of the driver who was hospitalized and is now in stable condition, according to CNN.
This student’s reaction “made all the difference,” said Robert Livernois.
Dillon Reeves “avoided what could have been a very tragic accident,” city councilor Jonathan Lafferty said on Facebook.
His emotional parents, Steve and Ireta Reeves, praised their son during the press conference, calling him “little hero.”