A woman on a bus got behind the wheel and brought the vehicle to a halt after the driver lost consciousness on a national highway in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the bus, operated by the Shinki Bus Co, was going through the town of Okubo in Akashi City on National Route 2, when the 52-year-old male driver lost consciousness, Fuji TV reported. The bus was passing through an intersection when the driver suddenly slumped over to his left, with his seatbelt still secured.
The 53-year-old woman passenger, seated near the front, realized that something was wrong and got behind the wheel to steer the bus to safety. The vehicle finally came to a halt after 100 meters when it hit a curb.
When emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, the driver was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. He was taken to hospital where he remained unconscious and in a critical condition on Monday. The woman who took over the driving suffered minor injuries after hitting her hip, but the other six commuters on the bus were not injured.
The Shinki Bus Company said that the driver has no record of chronic disease and had undergone a medical examination in August. There were no abnormalities in his health then nor did he seem ill at the morning roll call on Sunday, the company said.© Japan Today