Slick roads nearly caused a school bus accident this morning in Carrick; but the driver credits steady nerves, skill and some prayers for bringing his bus filled with students to a stop before it struck a car.

Bob Schwarz, a bus driver in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, was driving a dozen students to St. Sylvester School when his bus began sliding down the steep incline of Waterman Avenue.

Schwarz told KDKA’s Brenda Waters he was detoured down the hill because of construction in the area. Once the bus was on Waterman Avenue, though, he said realized he was in trouble. “What I thought was just snow was a sheet of ice.”

Schwarz, however, safely guided the bus down the icy hill — stopping within an inch of hitting a parked car. The bus came to a stop sideways in the middle of the street.

Schwarz said the students all managed to stay calm; and, most importantly, no one was hurt.

Baldwin police responded to the stranded bus and called in a borough work crew to salt the area.

Once crews spread salt under each tire on the bus, Schwarz and the students were on their way to school.

Schwarz has been a school bus driver for ten years in the district.

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