Firefighter comforts girl following bus collision | Community Spirit
There were no serious injuries yesterday afternoon when a Lewiston School District bus collided with an SUV in the 1200 block of Idaho Street at 4:24 p.m.
According to Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier, 69-year-old Andrew Jackson of Lewiston had stopped at a stop sign, then turned into the eastbound lane of Idaho Street where a 2007 Hyundai Versa driven by 30-year-old Rheanda Oakes of Lewiston collided with the bus in front of the rear axle. Jackson was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.
Oakes had minor neck and back injuries, while Jackson and two passengers on the bus - a 48-year-old female and a 7-year-old female - were not injured.
In the attached picture, Lewiston Fire Department paramedic Nate Metcalf is shown comforting the young girl shortly after the collision. Witness Wendi Cree says the girl was sitting on the curb and seemed a little scared at first, but there were several people talking to her and comforting her.
"The fireman walked up and was smiling and really wanted to make it a point to let her know how brave she was. He was on a mission to find her this moose stuffed animal," Cree says, adding that Metcalf gave her some stickers and told her he'd be right back. "When he walked back over he took his hat off, knelt down and said 'look what I found.' She just lit up and smiled and clung to that moose like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread."
Cree says the bus driver was also very nice and stayed by her side, and Metcalf's actions were very touching. "I was there with a few of my friends whose kids ride the bus and we were in tears while she was just smiling away. She's the strongest little girl I've ever seen and the fireman you could tell was her new friend," she says.