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Students stop Kanawha County, WV school bus to save woman in car wreck

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A group of teenagers jumped into action when they witnessed a car wreck on the way to school.

"How quick they reacted was a miracle to me," said Brittany Elkins, a bus driver for Kanawha County Schools.

Elkins was driving the bus to Chandler Academy in Charleston Friday morning. During the morning route, the passengers witnessed a car flip over on Big Tyler Road. The SUV landed in a nearby creek, overturned. Elkins' kids didn't ask her to stop. They told her.

"They just run off. They immediately started helping the lady, pulling her out of the car," Elkins recalled." They were screaming, is there a baby in the car? Is there anybody else in the car?"

The driver said all seven students hopped off the bus, and five boys helped pull a woman from the vehicle. They arrived to the scene before first responders.

Lori Kerns, 35, sustained injuries to her right arm, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Dept. She was alone in the vehicle.

13 News caught up with two of the five boys who helped the woman. Their motivation was simple.

"Why? To be helpful. To help somebody out," said Dakota Lycans, 16.

But like all real heroes, the students don't think they're heroes. Even after they moved rocks to get to the victim. Even after they pulled her through a window.

"To me, I would help anyone if I didn't know them, if I did know them" said Scott Harper, 15. "It's just what I do."

The bus driver said the incident could change the way people look at her kids--and how they look at themselves.

"They should feel good about themselves and like heroes," Elkins said. "And people should feel good about them and maybe it will change their look on chandler." 

Chandler is an alternative school in Charleston. Many of its students have struggled with behavioral and discipline issues. Others were kicked out of others schools.

But if something defies the stereotypes, it's this.

"I don't necessarily feel like a hero, I feel like I did something right," Dakota said.

The principal of Chandler Academy said he hopes to throw a cookout to reward his students next week.

The Dunbar Fire Department also responded to the scene.