Bus driver Richard Stones saves Netherthong woman from burning mobility scooter
Jan 20 2010 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Bus driver saves Netherthong woman from burning mobility scooter
A BUS driver heroically saved an elderly woman from a burning mobility scooter.
Richard Stones was driving his 308 bus from Holmfirth to Huddersfield when he spotted smoke coming from a mobility scooter on the road ahead.
He pulled over as flames engulfed the scooter.
The shocked woman shouted ‘am I on fire, am I on fire?’ and he, his bus passengers and motorists ran to help.
Mr Stones, of Mirfield, said he did what any true Yorkshireman would have done in such circumstances.
He said: “I was driving through Netherthong and I could see this mobility scooter in front of me and there was smoke coming out of it.
“I stopped my bus immediately – I had about six passengers on at the time and we all got off to help.
“I could see flames coming from the underneath and there was an elderly woman shouting ‘am I on fire, am I on fire?’”
The incident happened at 12.30pm on Monday near to Netherley Drive.