Netball coach averts crash

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A NETBALL coach averted a potentially-fatal motorway collision by seizing control of her team’s bus when the driver fell ill at the wheel.

Ex-England player Lisa Stanley, head coach of Team Northumbria, took over at the wheel of the 12-tonne vehicle on the M1 near Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon.

She braked and steered the bus away from the central reservation, bringing it to a stop on an embankment.

The team were heading to a Superleague fixture with the Loughborough Lightning team when the driver fell ill.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Miss Stanley said: “I just acted instinctively. As soon as I realised the driver wasn’t well, I knew I had to do something or there was going to be a serious accident.

“I did what anyone else would have done and used the brakes to slow the coach down while trying to steer it towards the hard shoulder. I’m just glad everyone was okay.”

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