A brave 45-year-old driver steered his bus to safety, moments before he collapsed due to a massive cardiac arrest on Grand Southern Trunk Road in St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, on Wednesday morning. Sampath of Purasawalkam, was at the wheel of a private bus contracted by an airline company to shuttle its crew between the airport and a hotel.
At 10.30 a.m. Sampath, left the airport with 14 members of the crew of a flight that had just landed at the airport. The crew was on its way to a star hotel on Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai. The bus had crossed Military Hospital when the driver reportedly lost control. Sampath developed a massive chest pain and with one hand clutched to his chest, he still managed to drive the bus single-handed. He brought the vehicle safely to a halt near Jothi Theatre. Immediately, Sampath collapsed and fell on the steering wheel.
One of the crew members travelling in the bus called 108 for an ambulance. He was rushed to a private hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival due to a massive cardiac arrest.