It happened in a flash, but if it weren’t for the sharp eyes of a Wisconsin bus driver, two children might have gotten frostbite — or worse.
It was a bitter 18 degrees when driver Nicole Chamberlain saw a boy and a girl wandering in the snow, nearing a couple of main thoroughfares, as she drove her route in Waukesha, 18 miles from Milwaukee.
Anyone outside should have been bundled up, and the two children she saw out her window were decidedly not.
“Whoa!” Chamberlain said, hardly able to believe her eyes, as dash cam video obtained by WISN-TV showed.
“Those kids are out without any clothes on!” confirmed a passenger.
Neither child was dressed to be outside, especially the younger one, a 2-year-old, who was clad in just a T-shirt and diaper, though she had boots, according to WISN. The boy, 6, was similarly underdressed.
“Neither one of them had a coat on, and they were headed towards a busy intersection,” Chamberlain told WISN. “I knew there was no school bus stop down there or a school, so I knew right away I had to pull over and help them.”
Asked what they were doing, the children replied that they were looking for their grandma.
Bus video shows her getting the kids onto the vehicle, putting her coat over the girl’s bare legs and assuring them she will find their grandmother.
“We’re gonna figure it out,” Chamberlain told them, as seen on the video. “We’ll keep you warm on the bus, OK?”
Chamberlain called police, who located the grandmother, who explained that she had been in the basement briefly when the kids left the house. No charges were filed or recommended, police said.
The driver said she merely did what she hoped anyone would do in such circumstances, telling WISN, “If that were to happen to my children, I would hope that there would be somebody, a decent human being, that would stop and help my kids.”
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