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Texas Student Takes Over For Bus Driver During Medical Emergency

Texas Student Takes Over For Bus Driver During Medical Emergency
When a Texas school bus driver had a medical emergency, a student stepped in and drove the bus to a safe stop. (Lori Martin/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:40 PM

A 13-year-old Texas student helped an ailing bus driver by grabbing the wheel and driving the school bus for about two miles to a safe stop.

Seventh grader Karson Vega noticed the bus swerving and driving in circles as he rode home with five other students Thursday afternoon, KXAN News reported. He and another student got the younger children to the back of the bus, and while the other student called 911 and held onto the young ones, Vega went to the front of the bus and took over driving, coasting to a stop about two miles away. 

Vega said he climbed onto the driver’s lap and kicked his feet aside to reach the brakes, the Fayetteville County Record reported. With no place to pull over, Vega drove to a safe spot and then stopped the bus.

The driver was treated at the hospital and released. It was not clear exactly what kind of medical emergency he had.

Vega's mother Amber Vega told the Record he has driven around their property and knows "how to operate a vehicle." She said her son doesn’t normally take the bus, but she couldn’t pick him up from school that day. 

"He wasn't real happy about it, but I think he was on that bus for a reason," she told the Record.

La Grange superintendent Bill Wagner said Karson Vega and the student who called 911 will be honored at the next school board meeting on Feb. 19 for their brave actions, the Record reported. 

The bus driver will need to be medically cleared in order to drive a bus for the district again, Wagner added.

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