Orpington scout, 14, leaps into action to save bus driver’s life

PUBLISHED: 11:15 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:15 19 November 2013

Katie Haig leapt into action to save her bus driver's life.

Katie Haig leapt into action to save her bus driver's life.


A quick thinking scout leapt into action when her bus driver collapsed from his seat on Friday, in Bromley Common.

Katie Haig, 14, of Orpington, was travelling home from an after school netball session when the driver of the 358, which runs from Orpington Bus Station to Crystal Palace Parade, pulled over.

He opened the cab door and collapsed before saying a word, according to Katie - who swiftly called 999 and got the driver into the recovery position.

Shortly after the incident, in Church Lane, the driver regained consciousness and began to complain of a pain in his head.

Katie said: “It was very red so all the blood was rushing to his head...he was lying with his head on the bottom of the slope on the bus.

“I put loads of coats under his head so he would be upright. Then he started shivering as if he was going into shock, so I asked my friends for all of their coats and put them over him.

“He then asked if I would stay with him until the ambulance came. I said ‘yes’ and I did.”

Emergency services were on the scene soon after, and paramedics informed Katie she had saved the man’s life.

Her scout leader, Sarah-Jane Durman, said: “We are all very proud of Katie’s prompt actions. We regularly provide these sort of skills to our young people as you never know when they will come in handy.”

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