'Like a scene from James Bond': Pensioner steers bus as driver passes out in Leicester
Saturday 24 November 2012
A “brave” pensioner has been praised by police after he grabbed the wheel of a bus after its driver passed out.
Alfred Throop, 67, was on a bus in Hastings Road, in the Northfields area of Leicester, on Thursday when the incident happened.
Realising the driver was unconscious, he grabbed the wheel and steered it to the side of the road.
Leicestershire Police confirmed a driver was "taken ill at the wheel" and that they believed Mr Throop gained control of the bus.
A spokeswoman said: "Mr Throop's brave actions prevented the bus from causing further damage and serious injury to members of the public."
Mr Throop, from Leicester, told the Leicester Mercury: "I can't really remember what I was thinking - I just thought I'd better get the bus out of the road quickly, so I grabbed the wheel and steered it to the kerb away from the people."
"It felt like a scene from James Bond."
- 1 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...