HEROIC netball coach Lisa Stanley saved the lives of her team when she took control of a coach after the driver passed out at the wheel.
The quick-thinking mum-of-one managed to bring the bus to a halt after she leapt behind the wheel when the driver fell unconscious along the M1 in Derbyshire.
Thanks to the mum’s actions, the 13 Northumbria’s Netball Superleague team players and four staff members escaped uninjured.
The driver was kept overnight in hospital and has now been released. Medics do not know what caused him to lose consciousness.
Lisa, 35, of Seaham, said: “I noticed the bus speed up and go up over the hard shoulder and I looked up to see what the driver was playing at, but I saw his head slump towards the window and he slipped towards the floor.
“I just jumped up to try and take control. It was like my motherly instinct took over.”
The team had been travelling from the region for a Superleague game at Leicestershire when Saturday’s lucky escape took place.
The bus driver, who is in his 60s, regained consciousness as the bus came to a halt next to the barriers.
He was cared for by the team’s manager and physiotherapist until emergence services arrived.
The match was postponed as the team were too shaken to play.
Andrew Scott, director of Stanley Coaches, said: “The driver has well over 20 years experience and has driven all over the country and abroad.”
Team captain Sam holt added: “Everyone is hailing Lisa a hero.
“I saw exactly what she did. I saw her jump over the driver and take control of the wheel.
“It was extremely surreal but we are just extremely happy Lissa had the reaction she did and grateful.”