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North Plainfield Teens Avert Disaster, Take Control of School Bus after Driver Suffers Medical Emergency

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - No students were injured after a bus driver suffered a medical emergency on the way to the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Wednesday morning. Disaster was averted as three quick thinking North Plainfield teenagers took control of the bus and safely parked it while heading West on Route 22.

According to Bridgewater Township Police, a school bus was traveling on Route 22 West from North Plainfield to the Vo-Tech at 7:35 a.m. when the bus driver suffered a medical emergency, causing him to drive erratically and miss the North Bridge Street exit.

North Plainfield students Gavin Costello, Angelo Mel-Tos and Kala Wright were each on the bus, and Costello informed the driver that he missed the exit, but he did not respond, police said, and he continued driving in an erratic manner on Route 22 West.

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According to police, Costello approached the driver and managed to talk him into applying the brakes. At that point, police said, the student put the vehicle in park and pulled the emergency brake.

After that, police said, Mel-Tos student turned off the engine and removed the keys.

Bridgewater Township Police arrived on the scene, and the driver, who was in stable condition as he was taken from the scene, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset.

All students were unharmed in the incident.

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