Rick Sound, a TriMet bus driver for 24 years, was steering a No. 77 bus west over the Steel Bridge Tuesday morning when he saw something that stopped him – and the bus – in their tracks.
A woman had hoisted one leg over the railing of the bridge, which spans the Willamette River in downtown Portland. He quickly parked the bus in the lane — there was nowhere to pull over — and ran out to stop her apparent plan to jump.
“I thought I better do something quick,” he said. “It had about five seconds to go downhill real quick.”