Ninth-grader Jeremy Rice says he watched Thursday morning as the driver reached down for a garbage pail that had been knocked over by another student. He says the driver attempted to right himself in his seat but instead tumbled down into the bus' stairwell.
The Denver Post reports that Rice ran from eight rows back to grab the wheel.
The driver gave him instructions on how to pull the parking brake. Rice says the bus halted abruptly, barely missing a tree.
The driver was uninjured. Colorado Springs Early Colleges administrator Keith King drove the bus the rest of the way to the school.
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