Authorities said a boy grabbed the steering wheel of a school bus and locked the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a safe stop on a busy Detroit-area road after the driver died.
“Someone call 911. Now!” Seventh grader Dillon Reeves yelled at dozens of other middle school students on the bus on Wednesday.
Dylon is greeted like a hero: he stops the bus as it heads into oncoming traffic.
“In more than 35 years of teaching, this was an extraordinary act of courage and maturity on his part,” said Robert Levernois, superintendent of Warren Unified Schools.
The accident was recorded on a video camera directly above the driver. The video shows the driver wearing a baseball cap telling the transportation office that she needs to stop.
Seconds later, Dillon sprang into action, hit the brake pedal and grabbed the steering wheel.
“I don’t know if it could be better,” Levernois said, noting that adults help children out of the house. “When you have a broadcaster like Dillon doing business on the bus, it was a really good day for us.”
Dillon declined to speak to reporters Thursday, but his parents, Steve and Erita Reeves, were proud.
“We have a little hero,” Dillon’s father said. “He’s been driving on my lap on country roads and footpaths for about 4 years. … He’s a good driver.”