It's good that teenagers were in the back of the bus. If there was more seating, a Maryland Transit Administration bus might have ended up crashing on Interstate 695.
Janai Stafford was waiting for the 59 bus when the driver of the 18 bus picked her up instead, Wednesday afternoon in Owings Mills, Md. The vehicle was full of people, including kids, so she stood up front, near the driver.
As they were approaching the Beltway, the driver took a turn for the worse.
"All of a sudden he said, 'Something's not right. I don't feel good. Something's not right,'" Stafford told WBAL. "And then all of a sudden, he passed out all over the wheel."
Stafford stepped into action.
"It just happened. I put my foot on his foot, and I just wrapped my arm around him, and I steered the bus to the right and parked it," she said. "And it just stopped."
ABC2 reports that the driver, whose name has not been released, was treated and released from a local hospital. He will undergo a thorough medical and fitness exam before returning to service.
Stafford, for her part, doesn't even have a driver's license -- but downplays her heroic move.
"Driving it simple," she said. "It's the wheel, the brake and the gas. It was going to be one or the other. I was either going to press on the gas or press on the brake. Luckily I pressed on the brake."
Stafford also credits some divine intervention.
"Everybody's just like, 'You're a hero,' and I'm like, 'No. I'm not,'" she told ABC2. " It was instinct. That was all God. I wasn't even supposed to be on the bus."
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