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Student takes wheel after bus driver blacks out

Thursday, August 28, 2003

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

seriously hurt.

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,"

he said.

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.

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.

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