A 70-year-old Wisconsin man saw a turtle beginning to cross the road. He got out of his car, picked it up intending to help it safely to the other side and ended up getting hit by a school bus in the process, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
WISN-TV reported the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department saying the bus driver saw the man beginning to cross the road and slowed down, but the collision was unavoidable even as the driver braked hard. According to the report the bus was traveling around 15 miles per hour when it hit the turtle-toting victim.
The man was taken to a local hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. The nearly 50 people on the bus — students, parents and teachers — from Lincoln Avenue School heading to a nature preserve did not sustain any injuries, but did have to remain on the bus for more than an hour while the man was tended to by emergency crews, according to WISN.
“The teachers did very well. They made sure first of all that the children were fine, and asked them to stay calm, they started going row by row, asking them how are they feeling,” Lincoln Avenue School Principal Miguel Sanchez told WISN.
The turtle survived the accident as well.
Natural resources officials saying female turtles leave the water during this time to lay eggs.
Watch WISN’s report:
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