On Saturday, a caravan of 9 buses was traveling back from a children’s summer camp through the city of Abakan, the capital of the Khakassia Republic in southern Siberia when a cop—who is now being hailed as a hero—did the unthinkable.
Aleksandr Kosolapov, a Russian police officer, was accompanying the convoy of approximately 300 children when a reckless in the opposite lane began to veer into the path of the kids. As the onrushing Toyota Caldina, which was accelerating at a dangerously high speed, inched closer across the dividing line and ultimately into the wrong lane on the Abakan-Ak-Dovurak highway, Officer Kosolapov knew he had a decision to make—and he had to make it without hesitation.
Without regard for his own life, the 39-year-old man, who was entrusted to escort the busloads of children back home without injury, swerved his Ford Focus patrol car in-between the lead bus and the out-of-control vehicle. The calculated but devastating collision left both vehicles completely totaled and the officer with serious injuries.
‘The officer quickly assessed the situation and risking his own life, he managed to prevent a head-on collision,’ said Khakassian police. “As a result of the massive collision the patrol car was literally turned into a pile of metal. According to the experts, it’s a miracle the police officer is still alive.”
Officer Kosolapov is now conscious and in stable condition.
As for the five passengers—one of whom was a 10-year-old boy—who were inside of the crashed Toyota; they all survived the wreck and miraculously sustained only minor injuries.
None of the children aboard the buses were harmed.
Authorities are now reviewing the incident and have opened a criminal case under article“Violation of a person driving a vehicle, traffic rules or operation of vehicles, resulting in the infliction of serious harm to human health,” against the careless driver.
Officer Alexander Kosolapov