Boy hailed as hero after schoolbus crash
A TEENAGE boy was last night hailed as a hero after he helped his principal tend to their injured bus driver after a crash on a school trip.
Kevin Cremin (16), a transition-year pupil from St Michael's College in Listowel, Co Kerry, and 14 of his classmates had a lucky escape when the bus on which they were travelling went out of control and hit a ditch.
Their school principal and three teachers were also on board at the time.
The accident happened at Coolwood, Lissivigeen, Killarney at 2.30pm on Monday, just minutes after the group had left Coolwood Wildlife Park.
The bus driver, a man in his 50s, lost control of the vehicle and hit a ditch on a busy road. He was removed from the scene by ambulance and taken to Kerry General Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.
Kevin's Irish teacher, Teresa Murphy, said he played a huge part in helping principal John Mulvihill assess the situation and administer first aid to the driver.
"Kevin had just recently completed a course in first aid and was able to help our principal who took over straight away and kept the situation under control," Ms Murphy told the Irish Independent.
"Luckily, no one else was hurt or injured and we also got great help from workers at Dawn Dairies who just seemed to arrive on the scene and a motorist was a fantastic help."
Local GP Dr Gary Stack also attended the scene along with members of the gardai from Killarney.
The Dawn workers alerted passing traffic to slow down and the 14 students on board were evacuated through the emergency door at the back of the bus.
A public service vehicle inspector has examined the bus and gardai say they are also investigating the the circumstances of the crash.