A tragedy was avoided in Italy, thanks to the courage of a young schoolboy who prevented a hostage situation from taking a dramatic turn.
A schoolboy prevented a huge tragedy on Wednesday, March 20, in Italy. A bus driver threatened to kill his 51 passengers by setting his vehicle on fire. His dark plan was foiled by a 13-year-old boy.
The bus driver tied the hands of each of the young passengers. He also confiscated their cell phones. Then "he emptied a can of gas in the bus," said the young hero. "One of my friends' phones then fell to the ground and I managed to untie myself to get it back," said the boy on camera.
A last-minute exit
Having freed himself, the schoolboy then called the police, who intervened before tragedy could strike, near Milan. They quickly got the children out by breaking the windows of the bus, before the driver could set the vehicle on fire.
The bus driver was arrested on charges of "hostage, massacre and arson" with the aggravating circumstance of terrorism.
You can see the shocking footage in the video above.