One Alabama boy is being called a hero for saving several lives on a busy highway.
Christopher Wheeler, 10, was the passenger in a truck heading to a local scrap yard when driver Alfred Smith, 70, lost control of the vehicle due to a diabetic attack.
The third grader sprang into action when he saw Smith was no longer in control of the vehicle.
“I didn’t want us to die,” the boy recalled. “The police were behind us the whole time with their lights on. I told him to stop and he kept going.”
Smith was drifting in and out of consciousness when Wheeler stepped in to help because they were veering into oncoming traffic on Highway 14.
“I put my foot on the brake, and I got the steering wheel and pulled it over and put it in park,” he said.
“He probably saved some lives, his own, the driver, oncoming traffic,” Senior State Trooper Lee Walls said after witnessing the truck swerving across three lanes of traffic before coming to a stop.
“He was the main contributing factor in getting that car to stop,” Walls added. “He was mature beyond his years.”
While Wheeler walked away unharmed, Smith was hospitalized but is currently in “good condition.”
(Photos: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency via Facebook)
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