Bus Driver Saves the Day After Noticing Something ‘Unusual’ on the Road

And in news to make you smile, an upstate New York bus driver quite possibly saved a woman’s life earlier this month. A couple of weeks ago, 37-year-old Darnell Barton was driving a bus full of high school students when he saw something not right on the road.

A woman was on the wrong side of the guardrail on the Scajaquada Expressway overpass. He later recalled, “It didn’t seem real because [of] what was going on around; traffic and pedestrians were going by as normal.” Barton also described the woman as “distraught” and “really disconnected.”


He pulled over the bus and approached her, repeatedly asking if she was ok.

“She turned back to look at me and then back at the traffic and that’s when I kind of lunged and got my left arm around her body,” Barton told the Buffalo News. “I asked her, ‘Do you want to come on this side of the guard rail now?’ and that was the first time she spoke to me and said, ‘Yeah.’”

He apparently pulled her over the rail, and sat with her until the police and firefighters arrived. A transit authority spokesman said,

“Darnell won’t tell you this, but when he went back on his bus, the McKinley students gave him a round of applause … that’s because of Darnell’s modesty, which speaks to his demeanor of being very humble.”

Faith in humanity restored. I hope this woman gets the help that she needs, because contemplating taking your own life is never a trivial matter.

Do you suspect that any of your loved ones suffer from depression?

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.


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