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Passengers Stop Crash As Bus Driver Collapses
A bus driver in Poland passed out at the wheel, with the vehicle crossing into the opposite lane until two women rushed to his seat and took control.
The dramatic sequence was caught by CCTV cameras on board the bus near the town of Kiezmark in the north of the country.
The footage shows the driver sway from his seat and collapse to the side. Passengers are heard screaming as the bus crosses to the opposite lane.
A woman screaming "can anyone drive?" grabs the wheel, and another woman helps her.
A man then manages to bring the bus, carrying about 20 passengers, to a halt.
Gabriela Donke-Banach was one of the two women who rushed to the wheel.
"This lady reacted first, then I ran to her. Something made me do it," she said, adding that the other woman does not want to be identified.
"Thanks to her instincts and reactions I am able to stand here today and talk about it."
The two women struggled to take control of the vehicle and the camera to the front of the bus shows it straddling lanes and hitting a road sign, cracking its window.
"I saw that she turned left and as we know this is not a good idea as we have right-hand traffic. I automatically turned right. It was an instinct. I was wondering for how long I will have to drive like that," said Ms Donke-Banach.
"Then there was this lady that nobody talks about who screamed to the other passengers to help us stop the bus. Then this young man stepped in and that's the last thing I remember."
The head of bus company PKS Gdansk, Piotr Topolewicz, said the women had prevented a major crash.
The driver was unhurt but was taken to hospital for tests.
Police spokeswoman Marzena Szwed-Sobanska said that the bus did collide with a passenger car, but no one was hurt.