Students attempt to stop bus after driver collapses in West Windsor
Several West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South students are being called heroes for trying to stop their school bus after the driver suffered a medical episode.
West Windsor police say that despite the students' efforts, the 73-year-old driver died after being taken to the hospital.
According to police, witnesses and the students who were on this bus, the driver appeared to have a medical issue and passed out behind the wheel. One of the students, Tanuj Redui, says he knew something was wrong when the bus started drifting.
"I was sitting on the back of the bus and I started hearing the rustle of the branches and realized the bus driver had collapsed...and the bus was heading into a tree," he says.
Redui says he and other students tried to help the driver and call 911. The students were able to untangle the driver's seatbelt, stop the bus and turn it off. Other students tried to keep the driver calm.
Raj Datta says his daughter was on the bus at the time. He says she suffered a wrist injury but still tried to help, and so did he.
"I came over into the bus I tried to help him up a little bit, free his hands and legs," Datta says.
West Windsor police did not identify the driver but say he was taken to University Medical Center at Princeton-Plainsboro, where he died a short time later.
The students were able to get off the bus through the emergency exit and waited until emergency services arrived.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.