LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Jefferson County Public School bus driver suffered a medical emergency while driving on Interstate 264 with students on the bus.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the Georgia Powers Expressway (I-264) near Bells Lane around 7:05 a.m. Friday.
According to Seneca High School, the driver of the bus, #1225, was taking students to Seneca at the time.
Jade Carter, A’Niyah Goldsberry, Ja’Von Grundy and Shikita Scott ride the bus together.
"When it really happens, whoo, you cant be calm," Carter said.
On their way to school, their bus driver, Miss Denise, had a medical emergency. They said she couldn’t keep driving, and could barely talk.
"She was like, put the bus in neutral," Carter said. "So, I was like okay."
Carter acted quickly and used the bus radio to call for help. Others on the bus dialed 911, researched what to do, and applied medical aid until first responders arrived.
"She just always put a smile on my face and I felt like I needed to be urgent and help her," Scott said.
Grundy said she couldn’t bare to see the driver in pain. She considers the driver a friend. Miss Denise has nicknames for her like “baby girl” and “princess.”
“I was a newbie,” Grundy said. “So, I was lost and didn’t know where to go and she always gave me advice when I needed it. After that, it was like our bond became stronger than any other bus driver.”
A substitute bus driver was sent to drive the bus and the driver was taken to an area hospital.
School officials said the driver is alert and doing okay.
The four girls who got her help quickly are alright, too.
“I feel good, I feel good about it because I actually helped save somebody’s life,” Goldsberry said.
No students were injured.