Donald E. Arn, 21, truck driver, saved Samuel D. Young, 51, bus driver, and 15 school children, 6 to 14, from an impending collision, Lima, Ohio, October 2, 1957. Driving a bus containing the 15 children, Young, from an intersecting road started slowly across a highway on which Arn was approaching in a truck loaded with 14 tons of gravel. Arn sounded the horn and applied the brakes but knew that the truck, which was traveling at a speed of 35 miles an hour, could not be stopped in time to avoid hitting the bus. Fifty feet from the bus Arn swerved the truck away from the bus and toward the side of the highway, its right wheels moving onto an earthen berm. Arn steered the truck along the berm until he was sure he had avoided a collision with the bus. The truck by then had reached the intersecting road; and its right front wheel struck an abutment, tearing off the wheel and making the brakes inoperative. Arn jerked on the steering wheel but could not control the truck, which continued 40 feet farther at reduced speed and struck a tree eight feet in diameter. The truck was demolished. With his left arm and the left side of his face pinned in the wreckage, Arn remained conscious but could not extricate himself. He finally was freed 70 minutes later and was rushed to a hospital. Thirty-six stitches were required to close lacerations on his face and head, and his left arm was amputated above the elbow.
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