Jacksonville truck driver used his final breaths to help children after school bus crash

Johnathon Grayer died, 12 students were injured in Georgia crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville truck driver used his final breaths of life to help children after a school bus crash last week in Southeast Georgia.

Johnathon Grayer, 25, died Wednesday after authorities said he crashed into the school bus in Alma.

Veronica and Isaiah Grayer described their son, Johnathon, as a man with a heart of gold.

“He had this laugh about himself, " said Veronica Grayer.

Johnathon Grayer rear-ended the school bus with his Ryder box truck while the bus was unloading students, according to authorities.

By some miracle, the truck driver’s parents said, he managed to jump out of his damaged truck to help the children trapped on the bus.

“They said that for some reason or another, he just ripped the whole seat out the bus with the child, and I was, like, ‘Wow,‘” said Veronica Grayer.

In the midst of the chaos, Veronica Grayer said, her son tried to calm the students.


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