An off-duty NYPD officer rescued a bus driver and an aide from a burning school bus that rear-ended a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on the Long Island Expressway on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Officer Christopher Canale, 33, from Farmingville, was driving on the highway near Manorville when he saw the bus rear-end the box truck that was broken down near the side of the highway. The bus was engulfed in flames and smoke, officials said.
Canale pulled his vehicle over and pried the bus doors open. He saw that the driver was pinned between his seat and the steering wheel. Fearing children might be inside, he asked the driver who else was on board. He learned that only an aide was on board.
With little visibility from the fumes, he beckoned her to start walking toward the sound of his voice. They managed to meet halfway and he grabbed hold of her and got her off the bus. He proceeded to the driver’s side door and managed to pull the driver out of the vehicle.
The bus driver and aide suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. It was unclear if the driver of the tractor trailer was injured.
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