Tragedy Averted By Bus Driver’s Heroics

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. – Police credited a bus driver’s quick reflexes and collected head with keeping a collision from becoming a serious accident with possible fatalities.

Twenty-six students from the Northwest R-I School District were on the bus. Only minor injuries were reported.

According to eyewitness accounts, bus driver Tina Stallings did everything in her power to prevent a full head-on collision with an approaching wrong-way vehicle. Stallings was also credited with expertly maneuvering her bus following the impact in such a way that a potential tragedy was averted.

A witness of the accident, John Coffman, assisted with getting the students safely off the bus. Both Stallings and Coffman were hailed as heroes by parents, police and district officials.

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