Local reports in Tampa, Florida have stated that a 10-year-old boy became hero after his school bus crashed into Odessa pond. The 5th grader joined rescuers and hurried to save a kindergarten boy, who was stuck in the overturned bus.
Nicholas Sierra and other 26 children were traveling to their homes in the Mary E. Bryant Elementary School Bus. They almost reached their destination when the driver made a sudden turn and the bus ended up in the Odessa pond.
Safety patrollers hurried to rescue the children. Parents, who witnessed the incident, immediately joined in to get the children out of the damaged bus. Among the rescuers was also 10-year-old Nicholas Sierra, who didn’t think he was too young to give a helping hand to his needing colleagues.
He noticed that a kindergartener had been stuck between the chairs of the school bus as he was making his way towards the exit. He decided to turn around and help first the younger boy get out of the bus. The young boy’s act of bravery did not go unnoticed; he was hailed as a hero by the entire Tampa community and given as an example for the rest of the children.
Authorities are now investigating the case to determine what caused the school driver to veer unexpectedly. According to witnesses’ declaration, the school bus arrived at the junction at approximately 2:30 p.m. The car drove past the stop, hit the nearby trees and then, overturned into the Odessa pond.
Medical checkups will be performed on the driver to determine whether he was in a good condition to driver or not. All children were examined by medical experts and fortunately, no severe injuries have been reported.
Children told the press that they all got scared when the bus went off the road. They became anxious to get out of the bus when they saw that the vehicle was submerging into the pond. Some children stated that the driver speeded, instead of hitting the breaks. Their declaration was denied by witnesses, who admitted they saw the driver hit the brakes right before the car hit the trees.
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