How Minnesota Police Stopped A Runaway School Bus

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ISLE, Minn. (CBS) -- Eleven school kids are okay after some quick thinking stopped a runaway school bus.

It happened Wednesday afternoon in Aitkin County Minnesota and a Deputy's dash camera captured it all.

The bus driver was having a medical emergency and couldn't pull over. John Lauritsen shows us how deputies and other drivers came to the rescue.

The bus began to weave catching the attention of a sheriff's deputy.

At one point the bus, travelling at about 40 miles an hour went into a ditch, almost tipped over, and then somehow drove back onto the road.

The deputy did what she could to warn oncoming traffic getting around the bus in the opposite lane to alert vehicles that were ahead of the bus, warning about a problem in the roadway and warning them to get out of the way."

One driver had to put it in reverse to avoid a head-on collision- eventually maneuvering into a driveway.

Eventually a state trooper used stop sticks to get the bus to stop in a ditch in the town of Glen.

The bus driver, 68-year-old Scott Gilbertson, was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Thankfully, none of the kids on board were hurt. But they were in shock...

The kids ranged in age from 6 to 14-years-old, some called 911 and others called their parents during the incident.

It wild ride lasted about 14 minutes and covered about 5 and a half miles.

There is no word on how the bus driver is doing.