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Former Stanford cornerback stops runaway bus in San Francisco

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Frank Primus is no stranger to being in tense situations. As a senior at Stanford in 1999, he started at cornerback and helped the Cardinal make the Rose Bowl. Primus is currently a resident surgeon at U.C. San Francisco, giving him more experience under greater pressure.

On Thursday, his decision to take action likely saved lives.

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Frank Primus during his time at Stanford. (Image via GoStanford.com)

According to KTVU, a passenger bus in San Francisco slammed into a car and lost control. The driver appeared to be in shock as the bus jumped a curb and barreled a full block towards four lanes of traffic - sending pedestrians and cyclists scattering - so Primus got to the front of the vehicle and put his foot on the brake.

“Either the oncoming traffic was going to stop us or somebody was,“ Primus told KTVU reporter Debra Villalon. “At the time you don’t think about it, you just do it, and I’m glad I did something.”

The bus driver was the only person injured, as the driver of the Jetta that was crashed into climbed out unharmed. Police said he could be cited for illegally turning in front of the bus.

Primus was back on duty today at U.C. San Francisco.

During the Pac-10 championship run his senior year, Primus had 58 tackles, 5 sacks, 10 passes defended and 1 pick. Primus started playing football in middle school after pressure from his older brothers.

His alma mater is obviously proud of his heroic action:

If you're interested in seeing the damage Primus helped mitigate, here is some aerial footage of the crash site:

This article was updated to note that it was a Pac-10 championship run in 1999, not Pac-12.

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