It was a vicious crash that could have been much worse. One of the reasons it wasn't is because of one man who pulled a survivor from a burning car.
"I knew I was hurt, but that didn't matter at that point. I was living and trying to make sure everybody else survived," Marvin Brantley Jr. said.
The crash that happened at 38th Street and Leavenworth Road about 5 p.m. Thursday could have had deadly consequences had it not been for a man who jumped into action and pulled an injured driver out of his burning car.
"I think I done what was right under the circumstances and I'd do it again for anybody," Brantley said.
Brantley came back to the crash site the following day before heading to a doctor's appointment to reexamine his injuries.
"I'm alright - just a little sore in my rib area and my back a little bit. I survived," he said.
Brantley was the passenger in a van with his friend and her 8-year-old son when another car failed to stop at the light.
"He ran a red light, but I can't determine what the situation was. There was no tire marks so I don't know if he's having a heart attack, seizure or was drunk or anything," Brantley said.
The car slammed into a Kansas City, KS, school bus filled with children on their way home.
A KCK School District student suffered serious injuries. The student was rushed to the hospital but is expected to survive, district spokesman David Smith said. A second student suffered minor injuries.
"The black car came careening west and hit the school bus, knocked the bus in the air and to the front of our vehicle," Brantley said.
When Brantley saw everyone in his van was OK, he checked on the children and saw the bus driver getting those students out safely so he ran over to help the other driver who had a bloody face.
"I was pulling him out and he was stuck and another guy came to help me and then they told me to back away from car and it was on fire," Brantley said. "I didn't want to leave him in the burning vehicle, so I kept on pulling him and got him out of the vehicle and dragged him over into the intersection."
Brantley said seeing the car on fire was scary, but he simply would never hesitate to help someone in need.
"Not exactly. I feel like I did exactly what I was supposed to do under the circumstances," he said when asked if he feels like a hero.
Christian Ryan, 8, was in the same vehicle as Brantley. His grandmother was behind the wheel when they were hit head-on by the bus.
Ryan described his panic.
"I was just really freaked out. I almost went ballistic," he said.
Becky Ryan, his grandmother, said it is fortunate no one died in the crash because of how bad it looked.
"There was a lot going on at one time," she said. "It was a big impact. It's terrifying to think how bad it could have been."
Brantley said the driver was at the same hospital where he was taken. He asked about him and was told the driver remains in the ICU. Brantley said he hopes he gave the driver a fighting chance to survive the accident.
The bus was transporting Eisenhower Middle School students from after-school activities when the crash occurred, Smith said. Some parents came to pick up their children while another bus was brought to the scene to help get the remaining students home.
At least 30 children were on board the bus.
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