A Russian police officer risked his own life when he ran his own car head on into that of a deranged driver swerved into oncoming traffic at high speed, heading straight for a convoy of school buses carrying more than 300 children.
And somehow he survived.
Aleksandr Kosolapov was serving as escort for the convoy of buses to a summer camp in Abakan, the capital of the Khakassia Republic in sourthern Siberia when suddenly a driver coming the other wasy in traffic swerved towards the buses and accelerated.
Officer Kosolapov reacted without hesitation and used his own patrol car – and his own life – to shield the children on the buses.
“As a result of the massive collision the patrol car was literally turned into a pile of metal. According to the experts, it’s a miracle the police officer is still alive,” Khakassian police said in a statement.
The five passengers of the car Kosolapov impacted survived with minor injuries. The officer was not as lucky and suffered serious injuries.
Now conscious and in stable condition, Kosolapov is inundated with letters and flowers from people in the region.
Police spokesman Sergey Kuznetsov said once doctors allow it, a group of the children on the buses are anxious to visit the man who saved their lives.