By Lena Sullivan Published 11/07/2014 11:46:00 | Views: 1596
A neighbor says that the driver of the school bus had a medical emergency.

A bus driver died from a heart attack on the way to school with several students on board in Millington, Tennessee on Friday morning.

Just before 6 a.m., the bus plowed through a yard, knocking down the fence. Witnesses say they jumped on board to help the unconscious driver, Doris Hopson. Five children were on board the bus when it crashed into a yard on Big Creek Church Road.

Justin Hulsey, who lives across the street, was startled by the commotion outside his home.

"A little kid was beating on my door, screaming, and I woke up and looked out the window and the neighbor's yard across the street had a bus in it. It sounded like it was revved up and she had her foot on the gas," Hulsey said. "We were checking for this lady's pulse, she didn't have no pulse."

According to Millington police, Hopson was pronounced dead on the scene after an apparent heart attack.

"The ambulance got there, we dragged her off of the bus ... had to tear the door open to get her out," Hulsey explained.

Durham School Services issued a statement about Friday's accident that reads, in part:

It is with deep sorrow that we confirm that Doris Hopson, a member of our team of bus drivers, has passed away. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.

There were five students aboard at the time of the incident; we are grateful that none of these students were injured.

Durham confirmed that no students were injured and Hulsey says he's just happy he was able to help.

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By Lena Sullivan 11/07/2014 11:46:00

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