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September 02, 2005

Get On The Bus

A real American hero, twenty year old Jabbar Gibson, who took it upon himself to grab the keys to a school bus and drive a busload of folks 13 hours to safety.


Gibson drove the bus from the flooded Crescent City, picking up stranded people, some of them infants, along the way. Some of those on board had been in the Superdome, among those who were supposed to be evacuated to Houston on more than 400 buses Wednesday and today. They couldn't wait.

The group of mostly teenagers and young adults pooled what little money they had to buy diapers for the babies and fuel for the bus.

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'I feel good to get out of New Orleans,' said Demetrius Henderson, who got off the bus with his wife and three children. Many of those around him alternated between excited, cranky and nervous, clutching suitcases or plastic garbage bags of clothes.

They looked as bedraggled as their grueling ride would suggest: 13 hours on the commandeered bus driven by a 20-year-old man. Watching bodies float by as they tried to escape the drowning city. Picking up people along the way. Three stops for fuel. Chugging into Reliant Park, only to be told initially that they could not spend the night.

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After arriving at the Astrodome at about 10:30 p.m., however, they initially were refused entry by Reliant officials who said the aging landmark was reserved for the 23,000 people being evacuated from the Louisiana Superdome.

'Now, we don't have nowhere to go' Gibson said. 'We heard the Astrodome was open for people from New Orleans. We ain't ate right, we ain't slept right. They don't want to give us no help. They don't want to let us in.'

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After about 20 minutes of confusion and consternation, Red Cross officials announced that the group of about 50 to 70 evacuees would be allowed into the Astrodome.

God bless the man.

From the Houston Chronicle.

Posted by annika, Sep. 2, 2005 | TrackBack (0)
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Can someone explain to me why the Houston fire marshal stopped accepting more people in the Astrodome after they had 8000? Doesn't it routinely hold, at a very conservative estimate, at LEAST four or five times that number for games?

Posted by: Dave J on Sep. 2, 2005

Jabbar Gibson showed his elders a thing or two. He didn't cast blame. He saw a need, and he ACTED. (He said he has never driven a bus either, and his decision to do so was gutsy.) Meanwhile the Mayor of New Orleans apparently permitted dozens of buses to stay put. Now're they under water, and all he has done is bitch to the media about the feds. That's some leader.

Posted by: Mark on Sep. 3, 2005

Every picture tells a story, don't it.

By the look on Jabbar's face in the photo, he was not going to be stopped by anything. And he's twenty years old?

Now that's a man.

Posted by: Kim on Sep. 3, 2005