An off-duty NYPD officer saved a school bus driver and an aide from a burning bus that burst into flames after a vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway Thursday.
Police Officer Christopher Canale was driving on the highway westbound near exit 69 around 3:30 p.m. with his family when he saw the bus and truck involved in the accident. The bus was engulfed in flames and smoke when Officer Canale pulled his vehicle to the side of the highway, but he pulled the door open as he knew occupants needed help. Officer Canale saw that the driver was pinned and immediately asked how many occupants were on the bus. “As a father of two the first thing that went through my mind was, are there any children on the bus?, said Officer Canale.
The driver told the officer there was only an aide on the school bus. Officer Canale yelled to the aide, as he could not see due to the thick smoke. The aide was able to follow the officer’s voice down the bus aisle were she safely exited the bus. Officer Canale then went to the driver’s side door and was able to pull the driver free from the vehicle.
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