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MBTA driver has seizure, passengers quickly stop bus

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QUINCY, Mass. (WHDH) -  MBTA passengers took control of a bus and safely brought it to a stop when the driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel.

A 37-year-old MBTA driver on the Route 222 bus was heading down Washington Street toward the Fore River Bridge last Saturday when he suffered an apparent seizure.

One passenger jumped into action, grabbed the wheel and put his foot on the brake, all while he propped up the driver.

“Basically I just held him. I grabbed onto the back of the chair. Back of the -- one of the bars there, and just held him so he didn’t fall out of the seat,” said Richard Hiort, got control of moving bus.

A young man working at an oil change business where the bus came to a stop saw worried passengers waiting for help to arrive.

“You could just tell how shook up they were and stuff. So probably a really scary thing to go through,” said Brian Barnett, witness.

A Quincy firefighter found the bus in gear when he arrived on scene, and a passenger with his foot on the brake; the fireman put the vehicle in park.

The MBTA released a statement saying, “The MBTA thanks the customers for their swift thinking and decisive actions that helped prevent a possible accident.”

The driver has not yet been medically cleared to return to work and get back behind the wheel.

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