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Passengers on Ontario Northland bus from Sudbury to Toronto jump in to avoid crash on Highway 401

Driver collapses from medical emergency
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Passengers aboard an Ontario Northland bus are being credited with saving a potentially serious situation on Thursday after the driver suffered medical distress on a busy highway in Toronto. File photo by Jeff Turl.

Passengers aboard an Ontario Northland bus leaped into action yesterday after the driver suffered medical distress on the busy 401 highway in Toronto.

The bus left Sudbury earlier with 47 passengers on board.

The driver, a man in his sixties, began feeling unwell on Canada's busiest highway, the 401, as traffic began slowing.

As the driver slumped in his seat passed out, a woman known only as Rebecca jumped up and took the driver's foot off the gas pedal steered the bus to the side of the road.

Another bus driver was called in to continue driving the route.

ONTC spokeswoman Renee Baker, in North Bay, issued a statement that said, "Ontario Northland is aware of the incident and an investigation is currently taking place. The motor coach operator experienced a medical issue and is currently receiving medical care.

"There were no injuries to passengers and no damage sustained to the equipment."

One passenger said, "We weren't going very fast at all." 

On Twitter today, ONTC posted, "A special thank you to police, paramedics and passengers who assisted our motor coach operator yesterday who experienced medical issues. Thank you to our passengers for your caring thoughts, quick thinking and patience, we appreciate your kindness."

Jeff Turl

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