Passengers help sick bus driver

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BUS passengers in South Tyneside have been hailed as “good Samaritans” after coming to the aid of a bus driver who took ill.

The driver became unwell while his bus, the Go North East service 516 bus, was stationary in South Shields Market Place, at around noon yesterday.

He used his vehicle radio to contact the company.

But passengers had already called for support from the ambulance service, and they stayed with him until help arrived.

The driver was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital for treatment.

His condition is not known.

Tom Dodds, a stakeholder manager with Go North East buses, thanked passengers for their response.

He said: “We are really grateful for the assistance given to the driver by the passengers.

“We do not know their identities, but we want to thank them for being such good Samaritans.”