A teacher has been hailed a hero after steering a coach full of pupils to safety when the driver collapsed at the wheel on a rush-hour motorway.Carl Thompson sprung into action as the vehicle, which was carrying 45 pupils, was heading to Alton Towers amusement park for an end of year trip.
The group were travelling in one of three coaches driving along the M1 from Axholme Academy school, in Doncaster, South Yorks, to the Staffordshire theme park when the driver lost consciousness.
The coach crashed into the central reservation, but Mr Thompson, an English teacher, managed to steer it off the M1 and bring it to a stop on a dual carriageway. Nobody was injured during the incident and incredibly, no other vehicles were involved.
Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after the incident to tend to the driver and check the pupils,aged 12 and 13.