A quick-thinking coach averted what could have been a terrible bus accident for the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team.
The Division III team from Iowa was driving back from a tournament in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday morning. About 90 minutes into the trip, assistant coach Justin Smith was jolted from his seat when the bus hit a guard rail on Interstate 24 in Kentucky.
The driver had passed out, with the bus going 70 mph. Smith leapt into action, hitting the brakes and stopping the bus. Apart from the driver, everyone on the bus was OK.
“We’re still a little in shock,” Smith told The Associated Press by phone Monday. “I’m just thankful everyone’s OK. … I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. The actual initial accident and me jumping out and grabbing the wheel felt like three seconds.”
After stopping the bus, Smith and the other …
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