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Fifth Grader Hailed a Hero After Rescuing Three Students Trapped After Bus Accident

October 31, 2015

A Florida fifth grader is being called a hero after he bravely rescued three students trapped inside a bus that became partially submerged following a crash in Tampa. News outlets report that a school bus carrying 27 elementary school children went off the road suddenly and into a shallow pond. A 10 year old sprang into action. This safety patrol member picked up a five year old and carried her to safety. He then returned to the bus and pulled two other children out to high ground. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department arrived and rescued the other children aboard the bus. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

How to Safely Help After an Accident

Heroes like this young boy save lives by acting quickly in the event of an accident. The following is a list of tips on how you too can be a hero if you are involved in or witness a traffic accident. While all accident scenarios are unique, these general steps will give you an idea on how you can best render aid while keeping yourself and others safe. If you find yourself at the scene of an accident:

  • Put yourself in a safe location: If you come upon a crash scene and want to help, park your vehicle at least 100 feet from the scene. If you have been involved in the accident, move your vehicle to the nearest safe location. This will ensure that you do not become injured while attempting to assist.
  • Call 911: Always start by calling 911 if it appears people have been injured in a crash. Do not assume that others have done so. Call immediately and stay on the phone with 911 responders to provide the vital information they need to render aid as quickly as possible.
  • Assess the situation and signal for help: Before approaching someone injured in a crash, make an assessment of the crash site. Determine whether any hazardous conditions exist, such as fuel leaks or downed power lines. You can signal to other vehicles and emergency personnel by using your hazard lights or flares if you have them.
  • Assist victims if safe to do so: If the scene is safe, approach the victims to determine how you can help. Talk to injured victims, but do not ordinarily attempt to move them as this could worsen their injuries. Remember that if you are not a medical professional you should not attempt to treat injuries on your own. 

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If you have been injured in a traffic accident, contact the Georgia Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 39 years of experience to your car accident case, providing you with the zealous representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Auto Accidents

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