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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Bus driver honored for quick action

  • A Rolla Public Schools bus driver was recognized by the Rolla Police Department for his driving skills, quick reactions and ability to stay calm while avoiding a tractor-trailer accident in September.
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  • A Rolla Public Schools bus driver was recognized by the Rolla Police Department for his driving skills, quick reactions and ability to stay calm while avoiding a tractor-trailer accident in September.
    The bus driver, Don Lewis, received a letter of recognition and a certificate for his outstanding efforts that resulted in all of the students making it safely to school that day.
    Police Chief Mark Kearse decided to honor Lewis after viewing footage of the incident from the school bus video camera.
    Kearse talked about Lewis in last weekend's "Chief Chat" column. Here is what he wrote:
    "On the morning of Sept. 16, 2013, Rolla Public Schools bus driver Don Lewis was traveling east on Martin Springs Drive, in a Rolla Public Schools bus, transporting approximately 40 students to school. Adjacent to the school bus, a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling the same direction on I-44.
    "The driver of the Freightliner suddenly lost control, and the truck left the roadway, struck the guardrail and flipped onto its side. The guardrail was ripped from its posts and both the guardrail and the Freightliner shot across the road in front of the school bus.
    "Mr. Lewis observed the events as they unfolded and immediately reacted by braking to slow the bus and while exercising great control, was able to steer the bus around the quickly approaching tractor-trailer and completely avoid a collision."
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