A bus driver in Sweden made an unexpected stop on a roadside last week. But, instead of picking up a passenger, the driver hopped out of the vehicle.
As riders looked on, the intercity bus driver, who was identified in Swedish-language reports as André Grandin, knelt down on the ground and comforted a young girl who was crying. After a few moments, Grandin reportedly returned to the bus and drove on without a word.
A passenger on the bus, Emma Gustaffsson, managed to capture a photo of the heartwarming scene.
Busschauffören stannar vid vägen för en ledsen tjej sitter och gråter, det kallar jag att vara godhjärtad! pic.twitter.com/YvAzdwgPpb
— Emma Gustafsson (@EmmaGustaffsson) May 16, 2014
Local media later caught up with Grandin to learn the story behind the bus driver's unexpected stop. According to BBC News, some of the 10-year-old's peers had upset her. When Grandin spotted the young girl crouched on the side of the road, he stopped to bus to check if she was injured.
However small, Grandin's act of compassion went a long way. Over the weekend, the photo was widely circulated on social media, with many users calling Grandin a hero for his kind deed.
Other instances of bus drivers going above and beyond their daily duties to help a passenger or someone in need have also prompted people to brand the drivers as heroic. Last year, a bus driver in New York made an abrupt stop on an overpass when he spotted a woman standing precariously on a narrow ledge.