‘Mr. Switzerland’ hopeful averts bus disaster

by Malcolm Curtis | The Local, Switzerland | February 27, 2012

A 23-year-old Swiss man who wants to become Mr. Switzerland is being hailed as a hero for preventing a bus carrying 11 football supporters from crashing when its driver died behind the wheel. The double-decker bus was travelling on Saturday from the canton of Aargau to Milan, with passengers heading to the Italian city to watch Juventus take on league leaders AC Milan.

But the 53-year-old driver suddenly lost consciousness and collapsed in his seat as the vehicle passed through the community of Wohlen, Aargau cantonal police said. A quick-thinking passenger, identified as Salvatore Novello, grabbed the wheel and averted a potential disaster by bringing the vehicle under control.

“Suddenly the driver coughed twice, then his head slumped to one side and he was unconscious,” Novello told Blick, the German-language Swiss newspaper.

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