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The 43 tourists trav­el­ing 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 to­ward a 100-me­ter deep ravine.

French pen­sioner Gil­bert Sand, 65, didn’t think twice. The re­tired for­est ranger leaped 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 20cm and the coach would have top­pled over the edge,” says Sand (pic­tured be­low with thank­ful 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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