Girl, 17, Grabs Wheel, Saves Bus Full of Students

Graceanne Rumer took action when school bus driver collapsed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Updated Jan 29, 2012 7:00 PM CST
Graceann Rumer grabbed the wheel when her school bus driver suffered a heart attack.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more school bus stories.)

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