School bus brakes go out, Florida driver saves students’ lives

Posted on: 12:23 pm, August 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:51pm, August 23, 2013

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Some south Florida students got a wild ride home when the brakes apparently failed on their school bus.

It careened toward cars going against the flow of traffic.

No one was injured but the accident has a lot of parents questioning how they will get their students to school.

Students said they first heard a strange noise, then there was smoke and a brakeless free-fall down the road.

Bus rider Monica Hopfensperger said, “We’re trying to get help and everyone is honking, other cars, everyone is honking and waving at us like we’re playing a game.”

The bus driver dodged car after car flying down the road the wrong way.

Student Laticia Leon said, “Oh, I really thought we were going to kill somebody.”

Miraculously, no one was hurt.

The driver eventually stopped the bus by rubbing the tires against the curb.

The brake malfunction is under investigation.

Students on the bus credit the driver with saving their lives.

“She was telling us, ‘Calm down, don’t worry,’” one student said. “The fact she did what she did, it’s better than I hoped for and I am happy she did what she did.”