Nine children and a bus matron escaped injury in Elmhurst Tuesday after a quick-thinking summer camp counselor took control of a bus whose driver had collapsed, published reports said.
The incident occurred at 4:39 p.m. at the corner of Hampton Street and Elmhurst Avenue, police said. The 59-year-old bus driver collapsed behind the wheel, police said.
The driver then fell out of his seat and through the open bus door onto the street as the bus continued rolling, the New York Post said. But a 15-year-old camp counselor jumped out of her seat and pulled the bus’ emergency brake, the Post said.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police withheld his name Wednesday pending family notification. Medics checked out the nine children on board and found they had no injuries, police said.
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