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Hero Pensioner Saves Coach Party from Plunge
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.”