A bus driver has been hailed a hero after he used his bus to stop an out of control SUV, seconds before it went on to the intersection of a major road.
It turns out the driver had passed out at the wheel, and is now lucky to be alive.
Quick thinking and bold action were all in a day's work for the driver who steered his bus into the car to slow it down and called for help when he saw that the driver was unconscious, the Boston Globe reports.
Paul Healy, 58, a bus driver for 14 years, was driving the Route 230 bus down a multi-lane road when he noticed something strange about the 2009 Jeep Compass rolling next to his bus.
The vehicle was moving forward, but the woman driving it was slumped over the wheel. Police said the woman suffered a medical emergency, "more than likely a seizure".
Healy eased his bus against the vehicle and wedged it against the curb, slowing the Jeep to almost a complete stop. He stopped the bus and ran out to help the 56-year-old Braintree woman, while the car was still inching forward.
Could have saved lives
Healy is being credited with possibly saving the woman's life and protecting the lives of pedestrians, bikers, and drivers who could have been hit by her car if it had kept moving.
The woman was taken to Steward Satellite Emergency Facility in Quincy and is doing well, and spoke to police shortly after the ordeal.
"She told the responding officer that she believes the actions of the bus driver probably saved her life, and she was very thankful," Police said.