Watch: Bus driver saves student from speeding car
BINGHAMTON, NY - A New York state bus driver from the Norwich City School District is being called a hero after she saved a student from a speeding car.
The teen was headed off the bus when a car whizzed past the bus' door. Fortunately, the driver was able to yank him back into the bus.
Those terrifying moments were all caught on camera.
"The last thing I remember was getting yanked back and the car flying by," described 13-year-old Matthew Squires.
Samantha Call was the driver behind the wheel whose quick thinking and reflexes saved Matthew's life.
"Here comes a silver car on the side. Matt is probably the third step down now and all I could think of was Matt is going to get hurt, so I just pull him," recalled Call.
Squire's mother said when she first saw the video, she couldn't believe her eyes.
"I cried, I honestly cried. If she hadn't been so vigilant and looking behind her bus, because no one really thinks of someone coming on the door-side of the bus," Christina Beardsley, Matthew's mom, said.
Call said that her bus has six cameras on board, the most of any bus in the Norwich School District.
"When I first seen it and I actually had time to sit down and look, all I could think of was, what if I didn't get him?" she said.
Call said the district felt it was important to share the video and spread awareness of school bus safety.
"It's got to get out there. It's got to stop. People have to pay attention to this," Call said.
Matthew's mom said she is grateful for Call's action that saved her son.
"I'm just really grateful that she has quick reflexes and she was able to grab him in time," Beardsley said.
"I'm so glad I was able to send him home to his mom, cause I don't know if I could have gotten back on that bus had I not been able to. I don't think I could ever touch a school bus again," Call said.
The incident is being investigated by the local sheriff's office.