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High school student saves bus passengers after driver passes out

High school student saves bus passengers after driver passes out

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) A quick-thinking Tainan high school student who has never driven a car became a hero Tuesday when he saved a busload of schoolmates after its driver suddenly passed out. Cheng Yung-chuan of Hsin Jung High School quickly took over the steering wheel when he noticed that the driver had fainted and was slumped over the wheel in the southern city's Shanghua District on the way to school at around 7 a.m. Cheng managed to steer the bus away from other cars and nearby buildings but it eventually hit some railings and electricity poles before coming to rest in a field. Although the bus itself was badly damaged, none of the 30-odd students aboard were injured. Still, they were shaken up by the experience. The driver, also surnamed Cheng (no relation) and in his 40s, was rushed to hospital where he regained consciousness following treatment. The cause of his passing out is still being investigated. The school's principal, Hu Hsue-kui, praised Cheng Yung-chuan for keeping a cool head in the face of an emergency and acting quickly to bring the bus to a halt. Hu gave Cheng a NT$2,000 (US$63) cash award in a red envelope -- the color of good luck in Taiwanese tradition -- in addition to a "major merit" on the student's academic record. Cheng admitted that he was scared at the time as he has never driven a car. "I was only trying to keep the bus under control so the damage could be minimized," he said. "It was the longest 30 seconds of my life," Cheng added. (By Yang Sze-jui and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:35 GMT+08:00