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University of Dubuque coach's quick thinking saves team

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A nine-hour bus ride after a five day trip to Nashville was supposed to be a relaxing affair for the University of Dubuque women's basketball team.

The trip was anything but.

About three hours into the trip, the bus driver slumped over the wheel, and the bus veered into a number of guardrails.

"Our bus driver had a medical incident where he lost consciousness, and we went into a guardrail going close to 70. It kinda sprung me out of my seat and grabbed the wheel, made sure we got off the guardrail and slammed the breaks a little bit," assistant coach Justin Smith said.

Miraculously, nobody was injured.

"Right place, right time. So I was in the perfect spot to be able to see what was going on and be able to react quickly," he said.

Smith has since been called a hero, but it's a title he's not totally comfortable with.

 "I just think there's other self-sacrificing professions or situations that I would deem heroic. I was just doing what had to be done in the split of the moment, and I got lucky it worked out," Smith said.

His actions have garnered attention nationally, including a tweet from ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale.

"I'm shocked," Smith said about the coverage.

Smith says he hopes this incident helps bring his team closer together.

And they could use that camaraderie tonight, as they take on cross-town rival Loras College.

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