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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Our Christmas Gift

Bus in DitchYesterday 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.

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I'm sure I speak for many, and certainly all your readers, in saying I'm glad your son and the other students are safe and share your thoughts for the driver's family. Best wishes of the season to you.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Dec 23, 2012 1:54:26 PM

Thank God. I am sorry to hear about the drive. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Jim Zellmer | Dec 23, 2012 6:48:31 PM

Agreed--glad to hear everyone (other than the driver)including your son was ok.

Posted by: Stevie | Dec 24, 2012 7:32:04 AM

That bus driver's family must be proud of him. Dying of a heart attack, and he was able to slow and steer well enough to keep his passengers from getting hurt! Thanks be to God, but also to that driver. It reminds me of when I saw a police car purposely crash into another car because its driver had had a heart attack and the car was heading towards a busy intersection.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Dec 24, 2012 5:11:10 PM

Sorry to hear about the bus driver but happy that your son and the rest of the students are all rights

Posted by: mike fox | Dec 25, 2012 2:15:29 PM

I think there's someone watching over you Paul! Merry Christmas and maybe everyone stays home for a while.

Posted by: michael livingston | Dec 26, 2012 5:07:03 AM