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article imagePassenger grabs wheel after bus driver not responsive

By Leigh Goessl     Aug 31, 2012 in Travel
A Megabus driver went unconscious during a trip from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia this week while driving a busload of passengers across Pennsylvania.
One man saved the day when he grabbed hold of the steering wheel, navigated to the side of the road and brought fellow passengers to safety.
The Consumerist reported witnesses noted the bus driver had been driving a little erratically soon after departure; some reports said at high speeds. Witnesses said the driver almost hit a car while on the road and, at one point, the bus then became sandwiched between two semi-trucks.
CBS News affiliate KDKA reported James Grantz, a pastor at the City Reach Church, quickly jumped to the rescue when the driver was not responsive to his requests to pull over.
“She was still sitting on the seat. I kind of leaned on her and grabbed the wheel,” said Grantz. He didn't feel nervous until after the situation was over. “I felt the adrenaline, I was shaking.”
Reportedly, the bus driver forgot to take her blood pressure medicine.
According to the Consumerist, Megabus initially released a statement that said, "The driver who took ill is doing well and will receive further checks from the doctor. Safety is our absolute priority and, as a matter of course, we are investigating the incident. We apologize to megabus.com passengers for the disruption to their trip."
Megabus later released a statement that following an investigation, the bus driver was "no longer employed by our company," reported the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
The company also released a statement, which in part, said:
"Safety is our absolute priority and we have carried out a detailed investigation into this incident, including reviewing GPS data and videos. This shows that there was no contact between the bus and any other vehicle and that the driver remained conscious throughout with both hands on the steering wheel. We are extremely grateful to the quick-thinking passenger who assisted her by holding on to the steering wheel and guiding the bus with her to safety. "
The full statement can be read here.
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