Heartwarming moment bus driver stops to help blind passenger cross the road

A kind-hearted bus driver has made sure a blind passenger made it safely across the street after construction works threw off his normal route.

After travelling the same route for 20 years, Gene Hubbard knows the way to his job in Milwaukee like the back of his hand. That was until a series of road works threatened to throw him off course.

His bus driver, Thaddaus Turner, spotted the potentially dangerous situation before the 69-year-old had even exited the bus.

“I knew I had the traffic behind me stopped, because it’s only one way through there. My concern was getting him across from the opposite direction,” Mr Turner told Fox 6 News.

Construction works threatened to throw off Mr Hubbard ‘s routine. Source: Milwaukee County Transit System
Construction works threatened to throw off Mr Hubbard ‘s routine. Source: Milwaukee County Transit System

The 28-year-old driver pulled over and told Mr Hubbard to take his arm, slowing down traffic and safely escorting him to the other side of the road.

Mr Hubbard, who lost his sight to diabetes many years ago, said the slightest change to his routine could cause quite a few issues.

“If I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean,” he told local media.

Mr Turner slowed down traffic and made sure Mr Hubbard made it across the road safely. Source: Milwaukee County Transit System
Mr Turner slowed down traffic and made sure Mr Hubbard made it across the road safely. Source: Milwaukee County Transit System

The touching gesture was caught on camera, with viewers local and abroad praising Mr Turner for his efforts – none more so than Mr Hubbard himself.

“I just can’t say enough about all the bus drivers,” Mr Hubbard said.

Despite losing his sight to diabetes many years ago, he said he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

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