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With driver dying, coach guides team bus to safety

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Coach saves team from crash
  • Western Kentucky volleyball team was traveling to South Alabama for a match
  • Bus driver lost consciousness and collaped over wheel
  • Coach guided bus to a safe stop
  • Witnesses told coach that bus barely missed on-coming traffic and nearly turned over

(CNN) -- A college volleyball coach is being hailed as a hero for guiding a bus to a stop Thursday after the bus driver collapsed.

Western Kentucky volleyball coach Travis Hudson grabbed the steering wheel of the bus, traveling on I-65 through Limestone County, Alabama, and guided it to a stop.

Only afterwards did he learn from drivers behind him how close they were from a serious accident.

"The fact that we kept everyone in that bus safe is an absolute miracle," Hudson said, his voice shaking.

"They said we were within a couple feet of being head on into oncoming traffic, and then we came back down into the median and almost flipped."

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

Hospital officials told CNN affiliate WHNT that the bus driver, whose name was not released, had died.

Western Kentucky's 13 players, coaches and staff continued on another bus to Mobile, Alabama, for a match Friday night against South Alabama.

Read the WHNT story for more on the coach's heroic actions