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Pupils praised for minibus action

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John Clark and Andrew Kellock acted when their teacher blacked out at the wheel

Two schoolboys have been praised for preventing a minibus full of pupils from crashing.

Teacher David Aitchison blacked out at the wheel when he was driving pupils from Inverness's Millburn Academy home from a rugby match in Plockton.

The incident happened near the Clunie Inn on the A87 between Invermoriston and Kyle.

Front seat passengers John Clark, 13, and Andrew Kellock, 12, managed to grab the wheel and handbrake.

Fourteen other boys were on the bus.

Medical treatment

Andrew said: "I saw Mr Aitchison have a fit beside me and then he collapsed on me.

"I sort of grabbed him and pulled him behind me and laid him on the seat. We were going into a ditch and then John steered it out of the way.

"We both pulled on the handbrake and it stopped."

Head teacher Delia Thornton said the boys showed remarkable bravery and composure and the school was proud of them.

She said Mr Aitchison was receiving medical treatment.

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