Driver in Addison school bus crash honoured

In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 photo provided by the UCDSB, Norm Kranz, second from right, is presented with a framed letter of commendation for his role following a school bus crash near Addison. With Kranz are UCDSB board chairman Jeff McMillan, Director of Education Stephen Sliwa and trustee John McAllister. (UCDSB via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – A bus driver involved in a horrifying crash near Addison nearly a month ago has been recognized for his actions.

Norm Kranz was presented with a framed picture of himself with his students as well as a letter of commendation during a school board meeting Wednesday night.

The school bus was broadsided by a farm tractor Oct. 24, 2016 as it travelled along Dixie Road East, roughly one kilometer east of County Road 29.

The crash flipped the bus on its side.

Roughly 20 students, heading home from Meadowview Public School, were on board at the time – some of them were hurt.

“A calm Kranz provided steady leadership to his riders, some of whom had been injured. He ensured students followed evacuation procedures and even used an axe to chip away at the road bed to free a child from the overturned vehicle,” the UCDSB said in a statement.

Kranz, who works for Howard Bus Service in Athens, had also declined medical help until his students were looked after and was behind the wheel the next day to reassure his students, the board said.

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