When the 35W Bridge collapsed on August 1st a school bus was one of the vehicles on the bridge. It was carrying 52 children and several adults. Some were injured but all of them made it off the bridge alive. The successful rescue effort was credited to three people. Today those people were honored by the school bus company.
“Kim Dahl, our bus driver still had her hands on the wheel,” company vice president Jeff Pearson said. “Her foot on the brake and with extensive injuries lifted her left leg to apply the parking break so that bus didn’t move another inch.”
Jeremy Hernandez, a volunteer with the youth on the bus, did his part too.
He pried open the bus’ back door and carried kids out one by one – handing them to a stranger who was driving his truck near the bus at the time of the collapse. That stranger was Gary Babineau and he did his part.
The company awarded them each $5,000 and the thanks from many for their heroic efforts. They certainly kept a tragic situation from being much worse.
Here is more information on the 35W Bridge collapse.