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U.S. bus driver hailed for rescuing toddler

14 January 2019

She quickly pulled over, and rushed into oncoming traffic to scoop up the child.

A Milwaukee County bus driver is being called a hero, after she rescued a toddler found wandering alone in the cold last month, barefoot and dressed in only a onesie and a diaper.

"I'm just grateful I was in the right place at the right time", Ivic said at a commendation ceremony held in her honor on Thursday. Security video shows the boy toddling down the overpass.

Ivic stopped her bus, ran across the busy street, picked up the crying child, and carried her to safety.

Irena Ivic spotted the toddler while driving on a highway overpass.

Ivic also comforted the girl, who soon fell asleep in her arms.

One passenger took off her jacket to keep the baby warm. The boy was chilled after spending time outside in the freezing temperatures.

Investigators said the girl is less than a year old.

Police say the child had been left outside by his mother who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.

"I absolutely love kids".

In the footage, the baby can be seen running down the street when Irena Ivic who works with the Milwaukee County Transit System spotted him.

NOTE: Police first said the baby was a boy but later clarified that the child is actually a girl.

U.S. bus driver hailed for rescuing toddler