A 7th grade Michigan student heroically pulled over a school bus carrying around 66 students after the bus driver lost consciousness at the wheel

Carter Middle School bus incident

Carter Middle School student Dylan Reeves stops a bus April 26, 2023 after the bus driver lost consciousness.Carter Middle School

  • A seventh-grader Michigan student performed a heroic act after his bus driver passed out at the wheel.

  • College student Dylan Reeves jumped into action, quickly stopping the vehicle and asking people to call 911.

  • He said he knew what to do because he had seen the bus driver stop the bus before.

A seventh-grader in Michigan who took control of his school bus after the driver passed out told his parents he knew what to do because he watched the driver do it every day.

The student was riding the bus home from Carter Middle School in Warren, Michigan on Wednesday when the bus driver “became dizzy and passed out,” according to Superintendent Robert Livernois said in a statement.

Livernois wrote that the “quick-thinking” seventh-grader – later identified as Dillon Reeves – “saw the driver in distress, stepped in front of the bus and helped stop it without incident.”

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Livernois said Reeves had the “bare minimum” to know not to slam the handbrake, but to press it slowly until the bus comes to a safe stop.

The boy’s stepmother, Ireta Reeves, told reporters at the press conference that when she asked her son how he knew exactly what to do to stop the bus, he told her, “I’m watching [the bus driver] do it every day.”

In the video, Dillon Reeves stops the bus and is heard telling his classmates, “Someone call 911 now!” Students can be heard screaming in the background.

His father, Steve Reeves, added that it probably helped that his son didn’t have a cell phone, making him more aware of his surroundings.

Livernois said when the bus stopped, two Good Samaritans – one walking nearby and a driver in another vehicle – got on to help the students from the bus’s emergency exit before first responders responded three to four minutes later arrived treat the driver. None of the students were injured in the incident.

Livernois estimated that the bus carried about 66 students and that Reeves’ actions “made all the difference in this crisis”.

“Dillon has been a great guy this year,” his stepmother said at Thursday’s news conference. “Doing something like this fills my heart… makes my heart beat faster. I am very proud of him.”

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