Matthew Jenkins was on his way to pick up his kids from school in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he saw a cloud of smoke coming from the site of a car crash.
He soon realized that the accident involved a school bus that had overturned in the accident.
Matthew has emergency response training from his service in the National Guard, ran to help the children. “Everybody was in shock. The kids were coming out of the bus, going different places. They didn’t know what was going on, they were scared, they were calling for their parents.” He got them to group together in an area and then crawled into the overturned bus and found 9 kids with injuries severe enough that they were unable to leave on their own. He carried those kids out and had to rip his shirt and jacket to make tourniquets for some of the kids.
14 students on the bus, were shook up but didn't need medical attention. The 9 others needed to be taken to the hospital as well as the school bus driver. Police say the driver of a white Mustang clipped the rear of the bus, causing it to overturn. The driver of that vehicle has been arrested in connection with the crash and is charged with two counts of great bodily harm by vehicle. Thankfully, none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.