Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

Bus driver rescues toddler wandering on U.S. overpass in freezing conditions

Bus driver rescues toddler wandering on U.S. overpass in freezing conditions

Irena Ivic, a driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System, was stunned when she saw a young child running barefoot down a highway overpass on the morning of December 22. Another security camera captured her reaction in the driver's seat. The child was barefoot - and wearing just a onesie and diaper.

The video later shows Ivic stopping her bus, running across the street, picking up the crying child and carrying her to the bus. Surveillance video from the bus shows Ivic's view of the boy as he ran over a freeway overpass.

A passenger then gave the child her coat to help keep the girl warm until the fire and police departments arrived on the scene. The baby was unharmed.

"Thank you, Irena and all members of the MCTS team, for your compassion, commitment to the community, and MCTS Excellence", MCTS officials said via a statement given to WISN-TV.


Authorities say the child was cold and frightened, but otherwise OK.

The parents were eventually reunited with the child and no charges have been filed.

According to authorities, the toddler was discovered to be less than a year old and it's believed the mother, who may have been suffering from mental health issues, may have left the boy outside.

Abele said this was the ninth lost or missing child found by drivers in recent years.

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