When Graceanne Rumer recently got her driver's license, she probably had no idea that she would soon use her new skills to save a school bus full of her peers. But when she realized her bus driver had collapsed after suffering a heart attack, that's what she did. "I just realized that there's no one driving this bus … I need to do something," Rumer tells NBC Philadelphia.
So the 17-year-old, who says she was simply the closest person who knew how to drive, grabbed the wheel and steered the bus out of oncoming traffic. The body of 51-year-old driver Charles Duncan, who died soon after, was in the way of the brake, so Rumer put the bus in park and was able to bring it to a stop. None of the three dozen or so students onboard was injured.