Norwalk school bus heroes honored

They say the actions of the four people helped save the lives of an entire school bus of kids from Silvermine Elementary School. The bus driver, a nearby employee, and a mother and son are all being honored. (1/27/14)

NORWALK - Norwalk police say they are honoring four people who helped rescue 40 kids off of a school bus that stalled on train tracks in mid-December.

They say the actions of the four people helped save the lives of an entire school bus of kids from Silvermine Elementary School. The bus driver, a nearby employee, and a mother and son are all being honored.

According to police, on Dec. 18, a school bus stopped prior to the Metro-North train tracks on Broad Street as per protocol. However, when the driver tried to continue across the tracks, the bus stalled. Moments later, as a train neared the crossing, police say the bus driver got 40 elementary school kids off the bus, and a family that happened to be in the area helped get the passengers to safety.

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Police were able to reach Metro-North and the oncoming train stopped about 10 feet short of the bus.

Norwalk's police chief says the quick thinking of everyone on the scene contributed to the safe outcome.

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