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Bus driver dies while driving students to school

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A neighbor says that the driver of the school bus had a medical emergency. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A neighbor says that the driver of the school bus had a medical emergency. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
WMC Action News 5 crew on the scene saw the school bus being towed. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) WMC Action News 5 crew on the scene saw the school bus being towed. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) -

A bus driver died from a heart attack on the way to school with several students on board in Millington, Tennessee on Friday morning.

Just before 6 a.m., the bus plowed through a yard, knocking down the fence. Witnesses say they jumped on board to help the unconscious driver, Doris Hopson. Five children were on board the bus when it crashed into a yard on Big Creek Church Road.

Jacob Harrold, a 15-year-old sophomore at Millington Central High School, is doing OK considering what happened on the ride to school.

"We got to Big Creek, that's the street we turn off of to get to Raleigh Millington, it's like, just all of a sudden... bam," he described the moment when the bus slowly, but suddenly, veered off of the road.

"I tried to do CPR the best I could, but it was just a weird position. The bus was tilted and she was kinda laying back and I couldn't sit her up and she was kinda in and out of it like that, so I was like, 'OK, I cannot do this. Call 911,' but nobody had a phone on them," he explained.

Harrold and the four other students on the bus flagged down a passing driver, who called 911.

Police and paramedics could do nothing to save Hopson.

Investigators say Hopson had a health issue, passed out behind the wheel, and died on the scene.

"I didn't know her on a personal level, I guess you could say, but I could just tell that she was a really nice lady and she probably impacted everybody the way she impacted us with her positive attitude," Harrold added. "I'm sure that later this week I'm still going to be thinking about her. She's just on my mind."

Justin Hulsey, who lives across the street, was startled by the commotion outside his home.

"A little kid was beating on my door, screaming, and I woke up and looked out the window and the neighbor's yard across the street had a bus in it. It sounded like it was revved up and she had her foot on the gas," Hulsey said. "We were checking for this lady's pulse, she didn't have no pulse."

"The ambulance got there, we dragged her off of the bus ... had to tear the door open to get her out," Hulsey explained.

Durham School Services issued a statement about Friday's accident that reads, in part:

It is with deep sorrow that we confirm that Doris Hopson, a member of our team of bus drivers, has passed away. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.

There were five students aboard at the time of the incident; we are grateful that none of these students were injured.

Durham confirmed that no students were injured and Hulsey says he's just happy he was able to help.

For an interactive look at incidents involving Durham School Services buses so far this school year, click here.

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