School bus driver's legs amputated after freak accident - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Flat Rock school bus driver's legs amputated after freak accident

Posted: Updated:
Leslie Daniels Leslie Daniels
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (WJBK) -

Leslie Daniels was involved in a freak accident with unbelievable consequences.  Nearly two weeks ago, the 44-year-old Flat Rock school bus driver had finished her afternoon route and parked her bus at the depot on Division.

Like always, Daniels was helping to guide another bus driver into the plug-in charging station, but we're told this time somehow that bus driver lost control, accelerated, jumped the curb and pinned her against the fence crushing her legs.

"She just kept asking am I going to die," said Shawna Goforth.  "Somebody else there was a paramedic, so they helped get her out from under the bus and then to the hospital."

Daniels had no choice.  Her legs had to be amputated above the knee.

"It was her life or the legs, and my sister's words on the table were do what you have to do to save my life for my kids," Goforth said.

Goforth, who has been with Daniels every day since, said the family is left with many questions wondering how something like this could have happened.

"Still very confusing.  We don't understand, and that's like our biggest thing," she said.  "We want answers."

In the meantime, Goforth said her sister is in tremendous pain and intense therapy, and the length of her hospital stay is indefinite.  However, somehow this loving wife and mother of three manages to stay positive.

"She's strong willed, and she determined to get to where she needs to be to hopefully have prosthetics and be able to walk again sometime in the near future.  That's her goal and she knows that, and she's fighting for it," Goforth said.

To show their support, family and friends are hosting a fundraiser at Joe's Prime Time Pub in Trenton on the evening of March 23.  It's only $10 a person with kids under ten free.  With Daniels no longer working and her husband on disability, every little bit will help.

"Help them right now because it's a long road ahead, and whether something comes out of it for them or not in the long run, it's going to be a long time.  So they need all the help they can get right now," Goforth said.

Donations can also be made at any Monroe Bank and Trust under Leslie Daniels' name or online at www.gofundme.com/25s63s.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Clutch Cargo's Returns to Religious Roots

    Clutch Cargo's Returns to Religious Roots

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:10:28 GMT
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
  • Easter Sunday benefit for Steve Utash and crime victims

    Easter Sunday benefit for Steve Utash and crime victims

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:46:19 GMT
    Since his near death beating by a mob, family, friends and total strangers have rallied around Steven Utash. The latest show of support was on Easter Sunday at Bethany Baptist Church in Detroit.
    Since his near death beating by a mob, family, friends and total strangers have rallied around Steven Utash. The latest show of support was on Easter Sunday at Bethany Baptist Church in Detroit.
  • Wanted suspect arrested for high profile crimes

    Wanted suspect arrested for high profile crimes

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:43:01 GMT
    A wanted suspect connected to serious crimes in Metro Detroit is now in custody. Ray Slayton, 47, was arrested Sunday morning at a hotel in Warren on felony drug charges.
    A wanted suspect connected to serious crimes in Metro Detroit is now in custody. Ray Slayton, 47, was arrested Sunday morning at a hotel in Warren on felony drug charges.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices