HEROES PENSIONER SAVES COACH PARTY FROM PLUNGE
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.”