13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick saved the day on Monday after the driver of his school bus had a seizure at the wheel.
“The bus driver’s coming up to this turn near the school and he starts acting all funny,” he recalled. “His eyes [were] bulging and he [was] twitching in the chair.”
Quick on his feet, the boy sprang to action, taking the wheel from the driver and steering the bus to safety on the side of the road. Though he won’t be able to drive legally for another three years, Wuitshick doesn’t seem to hesitate.
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“I was just thinking, `I don’t want to die,’” Wuitschick said. “I turned to the right. Turned to the side of the road. Took the keys out of the ignition. We started slowing down, and I said, `Somebody call 911!’”
After the bus came to a safe stop, Wuitshick got the door open and the students used their phones to call the authorities. The driver was taken to the hospital by paramedics soon after, but is still in grave condition.
The bus did not hit any other vehicles, and all of the students were unharmed.
“We’re just happy the kid was thinking on his feet,” Police Chief Bill Rhoads said.