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A New York bus driver stopped mid-route to coax a distraught woman off the ledge of a bridge, and his heroics were caught on camera.
Darnell Barton, of Buffalo, was driving some students from McKinley High School home Oct. 18 when he spotted a woman sitting on the ledge over the Scajaquada Expressway, looking like she was ready to jump, according to local reports.
The 37-year-old pulled over and asked if she was OK.
"I didn't think it was real with everything else going on around her," Barton told The Buffalo News. "Traffic was proceeding as normal and a couple of pedestrians walked right by her and a bicyclist rode by."
When she didn't answer, Barton parked the bus and got out.
He approached cautiously and then quickly slipped an arm around her waist, surveillance video shows
"I asked her, 'Do you want to come on this side of the guard rail now?' and that was the first time she spoke to me and said, 'Yeah.'" Barton told The Buffalo News.
The bearish bus driver, along with a handful of other Good Samaritans, including a crisis counselor who had happened by, stayed with the woman until police and medical aid arrived.
When he got back on the bus, the 20 or so kids gave him a round of applause.
Barton said he believed he was meant to be driving by at that moment.
"I feel like I did what I was supposed to do at the time," he told WIVB-TV. "I'm a football guy so when you sit the bench and the coach calls your number, you got to go in there make a play… and I think that's what I did."