Bus driver goes the extra step to help passenger who is blind

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man, who is blind, must make his way through road construction every day, but he got some help from an unexpected source.

Gene Hubbard

Diabetes stole Gene Hubbard's sight but not his independence. The 69-year-old is still working and he said he has no plans to retire.

Hubbard takes the county bus, alone, to and from his office every workday. His routine for 20 years, Hubbard knew every step of the way until road construction threw him off course.

"If I don't have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean," said Hubbard.

Thankfully Hubbard found his bearings.

Thaddaus Turner

A woman snapped a picture as Thaddaus Turner, a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver, helped Hubbard cross the street. Video inside the bus shows 28-year-old Turner pull over and let Hubbard take his arm.

What you can't see is the line of cars that stopped to watchTurner's good deed.

"I knew I had the traffic behind me stopped, because it's only one-way through there. My concern was getting him across from the opposite direction," Turner said.

Turner's kindness was caught on camera, but Hubbard said when he's asked, many other bus drivers have helped him make it home.

"I just can't say enough about all the bus drivers," Hubbard said.

Before new drivers like Thaddaus get behind the wheel, they meet with passengers who have disabilities, so they better understand how they can help.

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