Shahzad Khan, in costume to promote his sister's shop, was standing nearby when the bus malfunctioned at a railway crossing, the Stamford Advocate reported Thursday.
"I seen him trying to move the bus but it was jerking, like he was trying to hit the gas but the transmission was slipping," Khan said. "Once the kids starting coming out the door, that's when I rushed over to help because I knew that they needed to be ushered away from the bus."
Others saw the impending danger too. He was joined at the crossing by the driver, a Norwalk mom and her middle-school son. Khan was undoubtedly the most conspicuous, though, in his yellow cape, green tights and yellow boots.
"Me and the bus driver and another lady, we helped get the kids away from the bus," Khan said. "I heard the train coming so I was really scared -- I thought the train was going to hit the bus."
It didn't. The engineer was able to stop the train about a dozen feet short of the bus.
School superintendent Manuel Rivera said the driver acted responsibly in urging the students to get off the bus as soon as the vehicle stalled.