Students say teacher grabbed wheel of out-of-control bus

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Students say a teacher's quick action kept a field trip bus from careening into oncoming traffic when the driver passed out at the wheel.

Witnesses told The Birmingham News that Math teacher Amy King grabbed the steering wheel and tried to straighten the swerving coach that was carrying 44 children on a field trip to Chattanoog's Tennessee Aquarium.

The crash Friday sent 20 people to the hospital, including the driver and King.

The bus sideswiped 200 feet of guardrail before it came to rest upside down in a drainage ditch about 30 miles northeast of Birmingham.

King was thrown through the windshield and airlifted to UAB Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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