Little Hero

I’m totally swamped with work this week and haven’t had much time to post much. This story, not at all related to politics caught my eye however: “11-year-old hero ‘parked’ runaway school bus.”

An 11-year-old boy who steered a runaway school bus to safety said Wednesday he took the wheel because the vehicle was rolling toward a semi.

David Murphy said other children on board during Monday’s crash were “freaking out,” screaming and hollering, and he decided he had to do something.[…]

David was among 27 students headed to a charter school on Monday when the driver stopped at a Cleveland service station, pumped about $40 of fuel and went into the restroom while the bus was parked and running.

In his absence, the bus began rolling about 300 feet down a side street that swoops through an industrial area and was on a collision course with a semitrailer.

David told police he first tried to pull the emergency brake. When that didn’t work, he grabbed the wheel and stopped the bus by guiding it into a bridge’s concrete support pillar.


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