Omaha Public School officials are praising two sixth grade students for helping nearly 20 other students evacuate a school bus this morning. District spokesperson Luanne Nelson says their bus driver blacked out behind the wheel at 55th and Mayberry Streets. The bus hit a traffic sign, rolled into a yard and was stopped by an evergreen tree.
Nelson says another bus driving by went immediately to Washington Elementary School to report the incident. Staff from the school walked to the nearby accident site to help. She says two sixth grade girls had opened the bus emergency exit and had already helped the younger students to safety. The students were checked out by the school nurse and are ok.
The bus driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition.