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Hero Pen­sioner Saves Coach Party from Plunge

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Some 43 tourists trav­el­ling by coach over the Aus­trian Alps were en­joy­ing the view when sud­denly po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe struck. The driver fell ill and col­lapsed into the aisle – and the coach be­gan heading straight to­wards a 100-me­tre-deep ravine.

French pen­sioner Gil­bert Sand, 65, didn’t think twice. The re­tired for­est ranger leapt from his front-row seat and jammed his foot on the brake pedal. In do­ing so, he frac­tured his tibia, but saved the coach party. He had acted just in time. “Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, an­other 20 cen­time­tres and the coach would have top­pled over the edge,” says Sand (pic­tured above with fel­low pas­sen­gers).

“It was a hair’s breadth from catas­tro­phe,” says a po­lice spokesman. Sand is very mod­est about what he did: “I didn’t think about it. I just acted in­stinc­tively.”

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