An off-duty bus driver on a VANOC shuttle is being credited with saving the lives of his fellow passengers for grabbing the wheel when the driver suddenly died in his seat.
The shuttle was transporting five other Olympic bus drivers to work in Vancouver along Highway 1 at around 4 a.m. yesterday, when the elderly driver had a heart attack en route.
One of the passengers grabbed the wheel and brought the vehicle to a stop in the high-occupancy vehicle lane, said Renée Smith-Valade, vice-president of communications with VANOC.
“(The off-duty) driver … demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the safety of others and was able to pull the vehicle over safely,” she said.
The identity of the driver and the man who stopped the bus have not been released.