Margarita Bueno was given the Lifesaving Award from the Goodyear Fire Department. (Source: Goodyear Fire Department)
GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
A Greyhound bus driver was recognized for her actions that helped save lives of dozens of people during a deadly, wrong-way crash in November.
The Goodyear Fire Department presented the Lifesaving Award to Margarita Bueno. It's the highest lifesaving award for minimizing the tragic loss of life.
Back on Nov. 25, she was driving the bus on the Interstate 10 when she noticed a speeding car going the wrong way. The other driver slammed head-on into the bus, ripping apart the car and severely disabling the Greyhound bus.
Bueno maintained control of the bus in efforts to protect all the passengers. The bus did not roll but came to rest after leaving 1,400 feet of skid marks.
"In this tragic moment, Ms. Bueno immediately took action to keep the bus upright, protecting her passengers from serious injury and death. The ability for Ms. Bueno to keep control of the bus as it took the full impact of the collision also saved the lives of countless other people on the highway," Deputy Fire Chief Tim Wayne said in a statement. "Despite having lost the front wheel during the collision, she was able to steer the bus while it slowed, eventually coming to a stop in the upright position."
13 people were hurt but all survived.
The bus was on the way to Phoenix from San Bernardino, California.