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Feb 14, 2014 11:59 AM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Passengers stop Amtrak bus safely on Santa Maria River Bridge after driver has apparent heart attack, dies

The driver of an Amtrak bus is dead after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving on the Santa Maria River Bridge Friday morning, California Highway Patrol officials tell KSBY News.

It happened around 7:10 a.m. on the northbound side of the highway.

Officials say two passengers in the front row noticed the 42-year-old driver from Los Osos unconscious and slumped over the wheel after the bus hit the center median.

The two women were able to take control of the bus and pull it to the side of the road safely.

Another Amtrak driver was brought in to take over the bus, which only had minor damage, and resume the trip.

Nine passengers were on board. One of them was in pain when officers arrived.

The bus was on its way to Hanford.

Stay with KSBY.com and watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6 for more on this developing story.

Photo courtesy: CHP

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