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School bus driver saves doctor's life

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DOVER, TN (WSMV) -

A school bus driver is being credited with saving a doctor's life.

Rod Adamec claims he was simply in the right place at the right time.

Dr. Michael Danielson had crashed his car and was stuck in a ravine.

He was so far away from the road that other drivers couldn't see him.

Family members are delighted the school bus driver happened to be in the right place at the right time this morning.

During the seven years Adamec's been a school bus driver, he has seen many things, but this morning was a first.

"I happen to go around the curve and I look down and see a vehicle down in the woods," said Adamec. "I saw the airbags have been deployed and the driver's door was open."

The Grand Jeep Cherokee had been buried deep in a ravine on Highway 49 since at least 7:30 p.m. Thursday when Danielson somehow lost control of the Jeep and was suffering unseen.

Danielson crashed into a ravine in the only place where there wasn't a guard rail.

"The only place there wasn't a guard rail he went over the edge," said Adamec. "There's an access road that goes down into the wildlife area. He went right down that and into the woods."

The doctor had been working a 12-hour shift at the hospital in Houston County and was headed to his Fulton, KY, home when he crashed.

"He was laying against the bank. You could not see the car or him at all from the roadway," said Stewart County Sheriff's Sgt. Phillip Castile. "It's a wonder anyone ever saw him."

The school bus driver said he's not a hero, but no doubt the people who are concerned about Danielson believe that he is.

"I was just doing what anyone else would do," said Adamec. "I just thought someone may have needed help and called it in. I knew I couldn't stop and give him any aid where the location was at."

The doctor is in critical but stable condition tonight at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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