TAIWAN - A bus driver yesterday spent the last moments of his life getting 38 students out of harm's way before dying from a possible heart attack in Kaohsiung.
Bus driver Li Zhi-ming of Shu-Te Home-Economics & Commercial High School, suffered a sudden death at 7.40 am while driving 38 students to school.
In his last moments, Li fought death to ensure the safety of the students as he switched to neutral and wrapped his arm around the steering wheel firmly so that the vehicle would keep to the right, according to local reports. The bus bumped into six cars parked along the road before finally crashing into a metal shack in Sanmin District of Kaohsiung, just an alley away from the school.
All 38 students on the bus were unscathed and safely evacuated.
Li, however, was found unconscious in the driver's seat by police. He was then rushed to Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital.
Doctors declared the cause of death to be acute myocardial infarction. Li's family, however, said that Li has no history of heart problems, according to the Central News Agency.
Many students were sadden by the news of Li's death, said Yang Mei-li, director of the school's General Affairs Office.