Heroic School Bus Driver Sacrifices Her Life Saving 10-Year-Old Girl (VIDEO)

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This is about as tragic -- yet inspirational -- as it gets. A school bus driver in Ohio sacrificed her life for a 10-year-old girl. She tossed the child out of the way of a rolling bus, but the vehicle struck the driver instead and she was killed.

The driver has been identified as 51-year-old Laura Zborowski of Akron, Ohio.

Police say that Zborowski asked the students to do some routine evacuation drills after pulling up to Middlebury Academy. There were apparently about 38 students, ranging from kindergartners to eighth-graders. They got off the bus and lined up single file; then got back on and went out the emergency exit in the back. The last one to get off the bus, the 10-year-old, was climbing out when the bus began rolling backward.

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That's when Zborowski's instincts kicked in. She grabbed the girl, threw her onto the lawn, and was struck by the bus. It rolled over her and she was dragged halfway down a hill. The horrified students watched the whole thing happen.

"I don't think she had time to react," said Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards. He told reporters that the bus came to a stop after rolling into a tree.

Zborowski was pronounced dead at a hospital two hours after the accident occurred on Tuesday morning. In response, grief counselors were quickly sent to the school. "Our focus is making sure kids feel safe and supportive and to get whatever resources we can into the school immediately," school executive director Joe Palmer said.

Police and authorities will also be investigating what caused the bus to roll backward. Zborowski worked for a private bus company, Petermann, based in Cincinnati and a subsidiary of National Express Corp.

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Such a tragic accident! And such a shame that a heroic woman's life was cut short. At least her loved ones can take solace in the fact that a 10-year-old girl has her entire future ahead of her thanks to this one brave, selfless act. It's definitely one of those situations where you're forced to sit back and think: What would I do? Hopefully most of us can be as courageous as Laura Zborowski. Our thoughts go out to the loved ones she left behind as well as the 10-year-old girl she saved, who must be desperately trying to come to terms with what took place too.

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