The Edmond Sun

December 11, 2012

Man jumps in front of bus

Police: Driver’s quick action saves man’s life

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Actions of an Edmond Public Schools bus driver likely saved a man’s life, police said.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Kickingbird Square at Danforth and Eagle Drive a man in his 50s stepped off the curb and in front of an Edmond Public School bus in an attempt to kill himself. There were no students on the bus, Monroe said.

“The bus driver did an amazing job of being attentive and taking evasive actions behind the wheel,” Monroe said. “The man was clipped by the bus, but had no visible physical injuries.”

The man who went in front of the bus was transported to a local hospital for a total evaluation both physical and mental, Monroe said.

Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said after the incident the driver was shaken up but very relieved to know the man was not seriously injured.

“We believe the bus driver did an excellent job,” Parks-Schlepp said. “Police tell us that it was the driver’s quick thinking and his ability to carefully maneuver the bus to the left lane that actually saved the man’s life.”

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