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Bus driver goes the extra step to help blind passenger

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jul 23, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- Navigating road construction is difficult enough -- now imagine doing it with your eyes closed. A blind Milwaukee man must make his way through the orange barrels every day, but he's getting 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.

"No, I don't have any plans to retire," said Gene Hubbard.

Gene takes the county bus, alone, to and from his office every workday. His routine for 20 years, Gene 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 Gene found his bearings...

Thaddaus Turner

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

What you can't see is the line of cars that stopped to watch Thad'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," said Turner.

Thad's kindness was caught on camera -- but Gene says 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," said Hubbard.

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