Boy in Bluff City bus wreck helps bus driver escape


On Wednesday afternoon a Sullivan County School Bus overturned on Big Arm Road.

Only one student was on the bus during the time of the wreck.

Elijah Murray, the eleven-year-old student on the bus, describes the wreck as scary and terrifying. He says his bus driver ran off the side of the road, tried to re-gain control, but couldn’t help what came next. 

“He was like ‘this puppy is going to roll hold on’,” Murray said. “So I held onto the seats as tight as I could.” 

After the bus rolled on it’s side, Elijah saw the bus driver was struggling to get out of his seat so he lending a helping hand.

“The seatbelt was choking him so I went up there,  and I went up there and tried to unbuckle the seat belt,” he said. “At first, it wouldn’t go so I kept trying to click it and finally it went.”

Elijah then escaped through the emergency exit on the roof and opened the back door emergency exit for the bus driver.

Neither Elijah nor the bus driver were seriously injured. Both has minor cuts.

Elijah’s family says they are happy he is okay and they are proud of the way he handled the situation.

The bus driver was cited for failure to maintain control.

Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski says a guardrail will be installed on Big Arm Road by next week.

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