High winds brought trees and live power lines down on this school bus on Bornite Mountain Road April 7.

Bystander saves girl in ‘unbelievable act of heroism’

Man takes hit from falling tree and hydro wires to protect girl who just got off school bus on Bornite Mountain Road

  • Tue Apr 8th, 2014 4:00pm
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A bystander saved a young girl when high winds knocked down trees and live hydro wires onto and around a school bus, trapping 14 youths on Bornite Mountain Road April 7, reported police April 8.

It was like a war zone out there. Trees were falling down everywhere due to the high winds, said Const. Shane Nicoll, general duty officer with Terrace RCMP.

A bystander said that a couple of the youths had gotten off the bus when it stopped. Another bystander saw a tree come crashing down towards one of the girls.

He selflessly tackled the girl and absorbed the hit from the tree and hydro wires himself. He luckily only suffered minor cuts. It was an unbelievable act of heroism, said Nicoll.

Police responded to the 911 call shortly before 4 p.m. and  BC Hydro cut power to the hydro lines very quickly.

Officers then evacuated the children, the bus driver, and two bystanders to a safer area, said police.