IMPERIAL — An Imperial Unified School District bus driver may have saved the life of a second-grade boy Thursday when she pulled him from a drainage ditch.
Rhonda Jones, 47, had just dropped off her last passenger, a 7-year-old boy whose name was not available from district officials, near Gullett and Wienert roads on her afternoon route from Westside school.
Before she pulled away from that last stop, Jones heard a cry for help.
"I looked up and all I could see was feet," Jones recalled. "He was yelling, ‘Mrs. Jones! Help.' "
The second-grader was stretched across a full drainage ditch, his hands on one side and feet on the other.
The boy had slipped and fallen over the cement channel, Jones said, and became stranded. The water in the canal was soaking him from neck to waist.
Supporting himself with his hands and feet to keep his head and lower body out of the water, the boy called out to Jones for help.