Teenager is hailed a hero for helping bus driver whose leg was impaled in crash

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lewis Papworth Lewis Papworth

A teenager who went to the aid of a bus driver impaled in a horror smash has been praised for his actions.

A metal rod had speared the 23-year-old driver’s leg, pinning him to his seat, after the double-decker smashed into railings on Boxing Day.

Bradford College student Lewis Papworth, 16, stepped in to help stem the flow of blood and guided the emergency services to the scene of the crash, in Manchester Road, Bradford.

But modest Lewis, of Wibsey, said he did not want to be hailed a hero.

Lewis said he had been taking the bus with girlfriend Jessica Peattie, 17, to go shopping. They were sitting on the top deck when the crash happened.

Lewis said the bus smashed into the central reservation before veering over to the other side of the road into cars. He said it felt like “something had picked the bus up and thrown it about”.

The teenager said as the passengers got off the bus, he went to speak to the driver, and saw a pool of blood.

He said: “I could see this pole coming from the front of the bus, going straight through his leg and into the back of the seat.” Lewis said while the bus had been busy, no other passengers appeared to be helping the driver. He said instead, many had got off the bus and were taking photographs of the scene on smartphones.

He said: “I shouted to everyone, ‘Are you getting an ambulance or what?’ They were all taking pictures.”

Lewis said Jessica called 999 and passed him the phone so he could speak to the operator, who told him to find a cloth and use it to put pressure on the wound.

He said: “The driver’s main concern was the passengers. He kept asking me, ‘How are the passengers?’ I just told him, ‘Listen, concentrate on yourself!’”

A spokesman for First Buses said the firm would be getting in touch with Lewis to thank him for what he did.

He said: “We’d like to pass on our own thanks to him.”

Jessica, of Wakefield, also praised the way Lewis, whose dad is a firefighter, dealt with the situation.

She said: “He was really helpful, he just handled it really well. He wasn’t panicking, he was just helping him.”

The First spokesman said yesterday that the driver, who has not been named, remained in a stable condition in hospital.

Eight other people were injured in the accident and the cause remains under investigation.

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6:46am Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Very well done young sir! If this report is correct, some others at the scene are less praiseworthy.
Very well done young sir! If this report is correct, some others at the scene are less praiseworthy. Albion.

7:04am Mon 30 Dec 13

realcitygent says...

well done to the young lad,deserves a big thank you ,now this being bradford lets see how many wiplash claims will be going in, there will be claims from people who prob not even in the country at the time
well done to the young lad,deserves a big thank you ,now this being bradford lets see how many wiplash claims will be going in, there will be claims from people who prob not even in the country at the time realcitygent

9:32am Mon 30 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

Albion. wrote:
Very well done young sir! If this report is correct, some others at the scene are less praiseworthy.
Unfortunately Albion the Woolwich incident (whatever you perceive that to be) has given the general public the impression that if you see an incident taking place the priority is to get some pictures that you can flog to the vultures in the media. I wonder if the T&A have been offered any yet?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Very well done young sir! If this report is correct, some others at the scene are less praiseworthy.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Albion the Woolwich incident (whatever you perceive that to be) has given the general public the impression that if you see an incident taking place the priority is to get some pictures that you can flog to the vultures in the media. I wonder if the T&A have been offered any yet? RollandSmoke

11:15am Mon 30 Dec 13

privatemartin says...

Well done Lewis!!
and Shame on those who thought it was more important to take pics for facebook and twitter rather than helping the driver or any other who would have been injured.

i agree that is some situation it is helpful if you take pics or videos in order to help the police and authorities to figure out what happened. It can also be used to identify the culprit but there has to be a balance.

These smartphones are killing the humanity in people.
Well done Lewis!! and Shame on those who thought it was more important to take pics for facebook and twitter rather than helping the driver or any other who would have been injured. i agree that is some situation it is helpful if you take pics or videos in order to help the police and authorities to figure out what happened. It can also be used to identify the culprit but there has to be a balance. These smartphones are killing the humanity in people. privatemartin

12:41pm Mon 30 Dec 13

jozieme says...

There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...
There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want... jozieme

1:06pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Baildon girl says...

Its a sad world we live in when people are more botherd about taking photos than helping a seriously injured man, whatever reasons they do this media/compo/ or just general attention for facebook and twitter these peope should be ashamed.

Well done to Lewis and Jessica, i hope their parents are extremely proud of them
Its a sad world we live in when people are more botherd about taking photos than helping a seriously injured man, whatever reasons they do this media/compo/ or just general attention for facebook and twitter these peope should be ashamed. Well done to Lewis and Jessica, i hope their parents are extremely proud of them Baildon girl

1:07pm Mon 30 Dec 13

vikksy says...

Looks like his firefighter father has been a great influence.Well done young man.
Looks like his firefighter father has been a great influence.Well done young man. vikksy

1:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

jozieme wrote:
There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...
Tickets?
[quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...[/p][/quote]Tickets? Albion.

2:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

If everyone was like you young man bradford would be a safe place!!!!
If everyone was like you young man bradford would be a safe place!!!! bd7 helper

2:41pm Mon 30 Dec 13

privatemartin says...

Albion. wrote:
jozieme wrote:
There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...
Tickets?
If you bought the ticket from that bus and your destination was beyond the crash site then fair enough. However if your ticket is for a stop before the crash then tough cos you would have to get off the bus.

Also a day ticket could be bought on any bus so they would have to use the bus's cctv camera to provide evidence that you were there.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...[/p][/quote]Tickets?[/p][/quote]If you bought the ticket from that bus and your destination was beyond the crash site then fair enough. However if your ticket is for a stop before the crash then tough cos you would have to get off the bus. Also a day ticket could be bought on any bus so they would have to use the bus's cctv camera to provide evidence that you were there. privatemartin

2:45pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

privatemartin wrote:
Albion. wrote:
jozieme wrote:
There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...
Tickets?
If you bought the ticket from that bus and your destination was beyond the crash site then fair enough. However if your ticket is for a stop before the crash then tough cos you would have to get off the bus.

Also a day ticket could be bought on any bus so they would have to use the bus's cctv camera to provide evidence that you were there.
Nothing like stating the obvious! Tickets would still be a means of proof though. As are photographs.
[quote][p][bold]privatemartin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: There only ever was one Good Samaritan.... This young man and his girlfriend are to be praised for helping the poor driver with a very serious injury...For those who think they will have a claim, well, you are in for a shock !because this young man and his girlfriend are the only ones able to prove they were on the bus, aren't they.....!! take as many pictures as you want...[/p][/quote]Tickets?[/p][/quote]If you bought the ticket from that bus and your destination was beyond the crash site then fair enough. However if your ticket is for a stop before the crash then tough cos you would have to get off the bus. Also a day ticket could be bought on any bus so they would have to use the bus's cctv camera to provide evidence that you were there.[/p][/quote]Nothing like stating the obvious! Tickets would still be a means of proof though. As are photographs. Albion.

3:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Mr Capp says...

Worrying situation. i really do hope nothing outrageous is uncovered in the investigation. Great work by the young man.
Worrying situation. i really do hope nothing outrageous is uncovered in the investigation. Great work by the young man. Mr Capp

11:37pm Mon 30 Dec 13

idleone says...

An absolute credit to society. Well done Lewis. A true hero.
An absolute credit to society. Well done Lewis. A true hero. idleone

1:21pm Tue 31 Dec 13

aje2010 says...

People like Lewis should be the face of Bradford, when we have a special event in the city people like this should be given the honour ie switching on xmas lights, opening of a public space or building etc. True Bradfordian, how they used to make em.
People like Lewis should be the face of Bradford, when we have a special event in the city people like this should be given the honour ie switching on xmas lights, opening of a public space or building etc. True Bradfordian, how they used to make em. aje2010

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