A Good Samaritan was captured on video climbing into horrific school bus wreckage — the driver slammed into a pole after dropping off all students in the Pittsburgh area Wednesday morning — and staying with the injured driver until rescue crews arrived.
Kenny Ferree, the man who rushed to the accident scene to help the driver, posed a question to KDKA-TV with otherworldly implications: "What's amazing is I was running late today. Tell me why?"
What are the details?
Ferree told WPXI-TV he was driving down Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills with his wife when they heard a loud boom and saw yellow debris flying through the air: “I saw the windshield, the front hood assembly, the front axle, just rolling down the street, this big plume of smoke. It was a school bus.”
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With that, Ferree pulled into a Taco Bell parking lot and ran to the bus, which was wrapped around a steel post underneath a Forest Hills sign, WPXI noted.
“When you looked over, you could not believe that anything or anybody was left,” Ferree added to WPXI. “It disintegrated.”
Ferree noted to KDKA that the driver "looked like he was still conscious, just kind of shaken up. I crawled up into the wreckage, the closest I could get to him. His head was bleeding. I had nothing with me; I'm covered in blood. I took my shirt off, and I wrapped my shirt around his head and put his head back, and I held him."
He also spoke to the driver for the next several minutes until paramedics arrived, WPXI reported: “I asked him, ‘Are you empty?' And he said, ‘I’m empty.’ He kept saying, ‘I’m empty.’ There were no kids. You could see. [The bus] was split like a banana.”
Ferree added to WPXI, "I told him my name. He told me his name. We had a little conversation. He wasn't sure what was going on."
What happened to the driver?
Allegheny County police said the driver was trapped in the bus, and first responders had to extricate him from it. Police added that the driver was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, and no students were on the bus at the time of the collision.
WXPI said it took crews about 30 minutes to pull the driver from the wreckage.
'I was running late today'
"What's amazing is I was running late today," Ferree revealed to KDKA in the aftermath. "Tell me why?"
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