Close Call

Despite shattering glass flying into the face of Sulphur assistant boy’s basketball coach and bus driver Grant Bates, pictured above, no major injuries were reported when a large crane impacted the school’s activity bus as the team was headed to Madill for a game on February 4. Bates was hailed for his efforts to successfully steer the bus on the narrow, two-lane road between Sulphur and Dickson, and bring it to a stop. Principal Clete Cole, sitting near Bates, helped him in guiding the bus to safety, it was reported.

Close Call

Sulphur Coach Hailed For Driving Efforts After Crane Shatters Windshield

What could have had a very different outcome, had a good and happy ending last Tuesday evening when a large bird (crane) shattered the driver’s side windshield of a Sulphur School’s activity bus.

The bus, being driven by teacher-coach, Grant Bates, was carrying the girl’s varsity basketball team, coaches and the boy’s junior varsity team along with high school principal Clete Cole.

Bates this week was hailed for his efforts in keeping calm and steering the bus to safety on a narrow section of U.S. 177, south of Sulphur, as glass flew into his face. Even the slightest jerk of the wheel could have resulted in a totally different outcome, it was said.

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