Hero Bus Driver Saves Toddler Roaming the Street Alone
byKaitlin StanfordJun 02, 2014
A quick-thinking bus driver from Portland, Ore., is being praised for his efforts this week, after he spotted a toddler wandering alone through the middle of an intersection.
TriMet driver Bill Clark noticed the tot while on his usual daily shift, and quickly stopped the bus to jump out. While his passengers looked on, Clark rushed over to the 2-year-old, who was wandering around aimlessly, with bare feet and a dirty diaper. He quickly scooped the boy up, brought him onto the bus and called the Department of Human Services, who were able to reunite the toddler with his family. While the pair waited, Clark offered the little one a cookie. "When I said chocolate, he lit up and said, 'Chocolate!'" Clark later told KPTV.
While Clark is getting praised for his actions, the friendly bus driver remains humble.
"It was just a corner-of-my-eye thing," he told Oregon Live. "I just caught a glimpse of him, stopped the bus and got out to see if his parents were around ... They weren't. So, I picked him up and took him back to the garage."
The little boy, since identified as James, had been in the care of his father, who works the night shift and nodded off briefly. James' mother had already gone to work when the little boy made his great escape.
Interestingly, this isn't the first time a TriMet bus driver has saved a toddler from the middle of the street. Back in 2011, another driver spotted a 2-year-old girl who had wandered into traffic. Also thinking swiftly, the driver blocked a lane of traffic with his bus and asked a passenger to run out and grab the girl, who was quickly returned to her mother.