'Hero' coach driver saves passengers before dying of heart attack

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A coach driver is being hailed a hero after he managed to save his passengers during a heart attack by pulling his vehicle to the side of the road before he passed away.

Bill Craven, 74, from Newcastle, was travelling southbound on the A1 when he became ill near Gateshead, according to The Sun.

The grandfather-of-three managed to move the coach to the side of the motorway, merely clipping a lamp post as he did so, and, in doing so, saved the 60 passengers from injury.

He was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where attempts to save him were unsuccessful.

The coach was carrying a mixture of adults and children who were heading to Ambleside for a getaway over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The managing director of Bells Coaches, where Mr Craven had worked for 16 years, commended his behaviour, telling The Sun: "Bill's actions whilst he was suffering his heart attack were heroic. He drove the bus away from the carriageway, brought it to a halt and stopped the engine, putting the safety of his passengers before his own.

"We will always be incredibly proud of Bill for what he did that day, and for the way he represented our business every day he worked for us."

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