Former Stanford cornerback Frank Primus stopped a runaway bus in San Francisco, saving dozens of lives in the process.
Oakland’s KTVU reports Primus came to the rescue after a car clipped the bus near the city’s Panhandle on Thursday evening. He was a passenger on a 43-Masonic bus that officials said hit a black Volkswagen Jetta making an illegal turn near Fell Street and Masonic Avenue at around 6:20 p.m.
Primus was heading to his home in Mill Valley and was at the beginning of his commute across the Golden Gate Bridge when the crash happened. He remembers rushing to the driver’s seat and stopping the bus because the operator apparently was fazed by the collision.
After the car clipped the bus, there was a big impact that jolted the bus and sent the passengers bouncing around inside. The car got stuck in the bus’ bike rack as the bus kept moving forward. Primus rushed to the front of the bus when he realized the bus was heading into the park and had already jumped the curb. Nearby pedestrians were forced to jump out of the way to avoid being run over.
The former Stanford Cardinal described the ordeal.
“People were falling on the ground, glass was shattering, we were running into trees.”
Primus also added he thought the driver had suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Asked about his heroics, Primus said either the oncoming traffic or somebody else was going to stop them from moving. Either way, he knew he had to do something.
“Either the oncoming traffic was going to stop us or somebody was. At the time you don’t think about it, you just do it, and I’m glad I did something.”
Yahoo! Sports’ Christopher Wilson says the bus driver was the only person injured. The driver of the Jetta that was crashed into climbed out unharmed but he could be cited by authorities for illegally turning in front of the bus.
Wilson adds Primus, during the Pac-10 championship run during his senior year, had 58 tackles, 5 sacks, 10 passes defended and one interception. He started playing football in middle school after pressure from his older brothers.
Primus is currently a resident surgeon at U.C. San Francisco.