Hours after a tour bus accident that killed at least 13 people, it was apparent the driver of the big rig that was struck from behind remained in shock.
“I’m blessed to be alive, and I pray for the families that didn’t make it,” the truck driver said in a cellphone video obtained by CBS News that was taken after he was released from the hospital on Sunday, Oct. 23.
According to multiple reports, a tour bus returning from a casino crashed into a semi-truck on 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, Calif. Thirteen people were killed in the accident, and 31 others were injured.
The truck driver, who identified himself as “Bruce,” in video captured by cab driver David Hirschfield during his ride from the hospital to a Palm Springs hotel, said the accident occurred without warning.
“I didn’t hear nothing coming,” he said. “The impact hit me from behind, and I just blacked out for a minute.”
Once the trucker understood what was happening, he said he left his truck and started pulling passengers out of the bus. He did this despite receiving injuries of his own. The video showed him with a bandage on his hand and cuts on his leg.
“You have to think about others,” he said. “I’m going to be all right. I want to get them safe. I didn’t know if the bus was going to blow up.”
The truck driver’s reactions to this horrible tragedy are admirable.
Prayers go out to him and to all involved in this devastating accident.