CRAB ORCHARD - A Crab Orchard school bus driver is being credited with heroics for driving the young passengers to safety after the bus door was shattered by a shot from a BB gun. No children were injured, but if not for the driver's quick thinking, it could have been worse, said Crab Orchard Elementary School principal Jim Ward.
The bus driver requested to remain anonymous.
A juvenile allegedly shot two cars in the same location on Ky. 39, south of the city limits before shooting the glass out of the front door of the bus while it was taking students home from an afterschool program Nov. 26.
"(The driver) did not stop because (the driver) felt like it would further endanger the children," said Ward. He said the incident was reported, and then the driver gathered the children together and looked for a lighted area before stopping.
As the driver made the 2-mile race to a local food market, glass began to fall out of the window and blow inside the bus. The driver worried the blowing glass might strike a child, told the students to huddle behind seats in the back of the bus.