Sunday, December 23, 2012
Yesterday morning, my son was on a bus on I-80 with 52 other Grinnell College students heading to the Des Moines airport to fly home for the Christmas holiday when the driver suffered a fatal heart attack. The bus veered off the highway to the right, into a snowbank from the 12 inches of snow that fell in Iowa last Thursday. Miraculously, none of the students were injured, and after being transported to the hospital in Newton, Iowa, Grinnell arranged for alternative transportation for the students to the airport. My son made it home safely last night. My wife and I are so very thankful, especially in light of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut -- Christmas will be especially poignant for us this year. Our hearts go out to the bus driver's family.