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Oct 26, 2012 9:18 PM by Associated Press

Quick bus driver saves children from runaway rig

BLACHLY, Ore. (AP) - A quick-thinking school bus driver averted a potential tragedy, protecting several children and her bus from an out-of-control logging truck on a rural highway east of Eugene, Ore.

The principal says bus driver Pam Alley saw the truck and immediately started honking the horn and motioning for the children to get out of the road. When they were safe, Alley gunned the engine and moved her bus. The log truck narrowly passed on the right, narrowly missing the bus, and came to a stop.

Principal Bill Beaudoin (buh-DOYN') of the Triangle Lake Charter School in Blachly says Alley is a hero who prevented injuries Tuesday afternoon.

Beaudoin says the driver of the logging truck told Alley he couldn't stop because his brakes failed. But the principal says the trucker drove off without having his brakes repaired.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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