FOREST HILLS, Pa. — A driver became trapped after school bus crashed into a steel pole in Forest Hills Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews responded to the scene in the 2300 block of Ardmore Boulevard around 9:30 a.m.
“When you looked over, you could not believe that anything or anybody was left,” said Kenny Ferree. “It disintegrated.”
Kenny Ferree says he was driving down Ardmore Boulevard with his wife Wednesday morning when they heard a loud boom and yellow debris flying through the air.
“I saw the windshield,” said Ferree. “The front hood assembly, the front axle, just rolling down the street, this big plume of smoke. It was a school bus.”
At that moment, Ferree pulled over in a Taco Bell parking lot and ran to the bus, which was wrapped around the Forest Hills sign’s steel post.
“The man was just laying like this in his seat,” said Ferree. “He had a large gash over his head and blood was coming down his face.”
Ferree took his sweatshirt off and wrapped it around the driver’s head. For the next several minutes, he just talked to him until the paramedics arrived.
“I asked him, ‘Are you empty?,’” said Ferree. “And he said, ‘I’m empty.’ He kept saying, ‘I’m empty.’ There were no kids. You could see. It was split like a banana.”
The driver dropped off Pittsburgh Public School students prior to the crash.
It took first responders about 30 minutes to get him out before medics were able to take him to the hospital. He was in stable condition.
At that point, Ferree just watched and hoped for the best.
“He was doing OK,” said Ferree. “We were talking. I knew how bad it was, but I wasn’t going to let him know.”
Ferree hopes he can have coffee with the driver once he’s released from the hospital.
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