Passenger saves French tourist bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps

Passenger saves French tourist bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps
The incident happened on a high-altitude road near the Austrian city of Schwarz. Stock Image/Depositphotos
The quick reflexes of a French tourist saved a coach carrying 22 French visitors from lunging into a ravine in the Austrian Alps, police said on Sunday.

The 65-year-old man was one of 21 French tourists in the coach when the driver fell ill and collapsed on a high-altitude road near the city of Schwaz in western Austria.

Part of the vehicle was hanging over the road's guard rail, about to fall into a 100-metre (330-feet) precipice, when the man leapt from his front-row seat and pulled the brake at the last second.

“We were a hair's breadth from catastrophe,” a police spokesman said, adding it was “incredible luck” that the passenger's reflexes managed to stop the bus.

Nine people were hospitalised in the accident, which took place on Saturday.