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Translink hail 'compassion' of driver who stopped bus to save man's life in Strabane

By Claire Williamson

Translink have hailed the "compassion" of one of their drivers who stopped his bus to help talk a man down off a bridge in Strabane.

Bus driver Ronan Ward was applauded by his passengers when he returned "shaking" after saving the man's life.

It happened on the 7am bus from Londonderry to Dublin on Saturday January 7.

One of the passengers tweeted about what happened.

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He said: "Translink, you should know your driver just saved a life by talking a man off bridge in Strane. Hero. He got back on the bus shaking to finish the job.

"The whole bus applauded him after he apologised to us for holding us up. No-one cared we are in safe hands, man deserves an award.

"The man is safe and the driver is back on the road with us. He said he couldn't pass him. We agree #hero."

In a statement on Monday Translink commended Mr Ward for his actions.

A Translink spokeswoman said: “One of our drivers, Ronan Ward, went to the assistance of an individual in distress on Strabane bridge on Saturday morning.

"Ronan stopped his bus and called the police. Two other passers-by were also trying to help the individual.

"The police arrived a short time later and the combined efforts of the police officers, our driver and passers-by resulted in the man being taken from the bridge.

“Ronan returned to his bus, apologised to the passengers for the delay and continued his journey to Dublin.

“We would like to commend our colleague for his compassion.

“We would urge anyone in distress to contact the Samaritans 116 123 or Lifeline 0808 808 8000."

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