Quick-thinking students steer school bus to safety when driver dies at the wheel

A school bus driver suddenly died on the job following a medical emergency, leaving quick-thinking students to get the massive vehicle to safety.

Arthur McDougall, 77, suffered the tragic event at the wheel on Monday morning (March 14) as he drove the bus down Route 201 in Maine, USA at around 7.30am.

Reports say 14 middle and high school students were onboard at the time.

Further crisis was averted when two students brought the school bus to a safe stop near the Cathance River, Maine School Administrative District 75 Interim Superintendent Robert Lucy confirmed.

Superintendent Lucy said: "It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Arthur McDougall, our bus driver who was transported to the hospital this morning, has passed away.

"We offer our deepest condolences to Arthur's family, friends, and colleagues. This is very difficult news to share and process.

"We will have counsellors available to support all students and staff in our schools and District buildings tomorrow and in the upcoming days."

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After helping the bus come to a stop, students on board the bus called 911 and a passerby helped put the bus into park.

Two police officers who arrived at the scene began CPR on the elderly driver was airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland but was later confirmed dead.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of McDougall’s death is yet to be announced.

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McDougall’s wife, Diane has thanked the students and emergency services for attempting to save Arthur.

Police added: "Diane McDougall asked that we pass along her thanks to all of the students, citizens, and first responders who attempted to save her husband's life yesterday.

"She stated it was overwhelming to hear of the efforts taken by those involved."

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