Alert students avoid school bus tragedy
Some alert students brought their school bus to a stop after the bus driver suffered a medical emergency on the way to school Wednesday morning on busy Route 22.
Bridgewater Police said the bus was traveling west on Route 22 taking students from North Plainfield to the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School in Bridgewater when the bus began to drive erratically and missed the North Bridge Street exit which would take them to the school.
Several students told the driver he missed the exit but got no response according to police. A 15-year-old boy approached the driver and got him to apply the brakes. They were able to put the bus in park while a 19-year-old student turned off the engine and removed the keys from the ignition said police.
"Route 22 is a nightmare with a lot of accidents. Some quick thinking kids stopped a major incident. He was approaching Country Club Road which is a major wide intersection on 22 and if he went through that light it could have been tragic," said Bridgewater Police Lt. Michael J. Maxwell.
No students were injured and the school bus driver was hospitalized in stable condition, according to police, who would not reveal the nature of the medical emergency or identify the driver or students.
Vin Ebenau contributed to this report.