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Two ladies take wheel of out-of-control bus in Gdansk

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Peter Gentle 02.03.2013 10:19
Two woman possibly saved the lives of 20 passengers when they took the wheel of an out-of-control bus in Gdansk after the driver lost consciousness.

Youtbe screen shot of CCTV camera showing women trying to stop runaway bus.

“I just grabbed the steering wheel. The first instinct was to help,” said Irena Turbiasz after the bus was veering across the road as it was crossing a bridge in the city on the Baltic coast on Thursday.

As CCTV video shows, Irena, a mother of three, was later joined at the wheel by Gabriela Donke-Banach, as panic broke out among passengers.

Both ladies do not have driving licences.

After the driver – who police say was sober – slumped over the steering wheel, the bus hit railings and a Mercedes. The two ladies sprang into action, taking the wheel and calling out: “Does anyone know how to drive a bus?”

As the onboard CCTV shows (see below) the driver awoke after a minute, or so, and eventually helped stop the vehicle.

Piotr Topolewicz, CEO of the PKS Gdansk bus company, said the driver is “in hospital and in good condition,” although it is not known why he lost consciousness at the wheel.

Topolewicz added that the two brave women who took control of the bus will have free travel on the buses in Gdansk. (pg)

source: IAR

CCTV shows women take control of driverless bus

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