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Passengers Safely Pull Over Moving Bus In Santa Barbara County After Driver Is Disabled

Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:39am

Two passengers are being credited with saving the lives of the people on board a bus in Santa Barbara County, after its driver had some type of a fatal medical emergency.

The Amtrak bus was northbound on Highway 101 just outside of Santa Maria Friday morning, when it suddenly started scraping the side of the Santa Maria River Bridge, while traveling at full speed.

Two women realized there was something wrong with the driver, and after realizing he was disabled, took over control of the bus, and brought it safely to a stop.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene, but were unable to revive the 42 year old driver.

Nine people were on board the bus, which was headed to Hanford.  No one was seriously injured.

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