After a Calico Rock bus driver blacked out a 16-year-old
male student took control of the school bus and
brought it to a stop Aug. 20.
Seven students received minor injuries in the school
bus accident south of Calico Rock on Highway 5 after
Elzora Lucy, 68, the bus driver, became unconscious
and the bus veered from the road then crashed through
a fence before it came to a stop in a field, said Cpl. Del
Moad of the Arkansas State Police.
Injured students were transported to Calico Rock
Medical Center where they were treated and released
the same day.
Calico Rock Superintendent Jerry Skidmore said his
transportation supervisor informed him that after the
bus driver blacked out the student rushed to the front of
the bus and stopped the vehicle before anyone was
Lucy said he felt fortunate because he could have hit
either an embankment or a ditch but the bus was
stopped before that occurred. "The Lord was with me,"
Twelve students were on the bus and five of them
sought medical attention. The students suffered bumps
and bruises but no life threatening injuries.
Lucy said, "I just blacked out." During his 15 years as a
bus driver for Calico Rock he said nothing like this has
ever happened before.
He said once the students released his safety belt he
slumped to the floor. The bus was not equipped with
safety belts for the students, he added.
Lucy said he had felt fine the morning of the accident.
He said after he became conscious it took about 15
minutes before he realized what had occurred.
Lucy is waiting for the results of a CT scan the hospital
performed, he said. After tests were performed Dr.
Merle Grass told him that his level of sodium was low,
He said the doctor changed his blood pressure
medicine and told him to drink orange juice.
Lucy said his CDL license were pulled by the state
trooper, which is standard procedure, he added.
Skidmore said Lucy cannot return to work until he
receives a medical release.
The superintendent said the student's name who
stopped the bus cannot be released until he receives
permission from his parents.