On October 18 a Buffalo, N.Y. bus driver saved a woman from leaping off of the Scajaquada Expressway overpass to her death, the Huffington Post reports.
37-year-old Darnell Barton was on his usual bus route when he noticed something out of the ordinary. There was a woman standing on the wrong side of the guard rail on the Scajaquada Expressway ready to leap.
"It didn't seem real because [of] what was going on around; traffic and pedestrians were going by as normal," Barton shares of his observation before he decided to take action.
“She turned back to look at me and then back at the traffic and that’s when I kind of lunged and got my left arm around her body,” Barton told the Buffalo News. “I asked her, ‘Do you want to come on this side of the guard rail now?’ and that was the first time she spoke to me and said, ‘Yeah.’”
Heroic Barton sat and talked with the woman until the authorities arrived.
During an interview with the Buffalo News Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer spoke of the response from the passengers who waited patiently on his bus while Barton took the time to save a person’s life.
“Darnell won’t tell you this, but when he went back on his bus, the McKinley students gave him a round of applause,” “That’s because of Darnell’s modesty, which speaks to his demeanor of being very humble.”