A blizzard was gathering its fury when the school bus started from the schoolhouse at Little Towner, Colo, one day last week. That was why Teacher Maude Moser had called off classes—to get the children home in time, safely.

Blinded by the storm's wrack on the open road, Driver Carl Miller steered into a ditch. The wheels spun, the bus stuck. There were 20 children in the bus, including Carl Miller's eight-year-old daughter Mary.

He kept the motor running. When the gasoline was nearly gone...

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