Mass. Boy, 12, Takes Wheel after Dad's Seizure 9/9/12
September 9, 2012
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts state police say a 12-year-old boy steered his family's car to safety along Interstate 95 after his father suffered what appeared to be a seizure while driving.
Troopers say the boy, who's from Dracut, took the wheel Saturday, steered it into the southbound breakdown lane and applied the brakes. He also used his dad's cellphone to call 911 and described his surroundings to a dispatcher, then brought his 9-year-old, special needs sister to safety behind a guardrail.
Authorities haven't released the boy's name. They say his 46-year-old father was unconscious at the scene and taken to a clinic but is in good condition.