(Meredith) -- A 13-year-old Texas boy steered a group of students to safety when their bus driver suffered a medical emergency.
Karson Vega, a seventh-grader at La Grange Middle School, said he jumped into action after the driver lost control of the vehicle on Feb. 1, KXAN reports.
"He started making circles and stuff,” Vega told the station. “He was going off in the ditch almost every turn. I was like, ‘No, I’m not dying.’ So, I jerked the wheel.”
Vega said he sat on the driver’s lap, flashed the hazard lights and steered the bus to a safe stop on the highway.
Meanwhile, high school sophomore Kyle Buzek called 911 on his cell phone.
La Grange Superintendent William Wagner applauded the boys for their quick thinking.
“It could have been a very tragic situation, but it turned out better than you could ever imagine,” Wagner told KXAN.
Wagner said seven students were onboard. Another bus safely transported them home.
Vega’s mother, Amber, said her son doesn’t normally ride the bus, but she couldn’t pick him up from school last Thursday.
“There was a reason he was on that bus that day,” the tearful mom said.
The driver is recovering after being released from the hospital, according to the school district.
“You can’t foresee something like this,” Wagner said. “This is my 41st year in education, never experienced anything like this. I hope I don’t have to again, but I’m just very proud of our students. Because in critical situations, it takes people to step up, and they did.”
Information from: KXAN, http://kxan.com/
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