Milwaukee bus driver praised for rescuing infant from freeway overpass

11 January, 2019, 13:43 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Video shows bus driver rescuing baby wandering alone near road

A sharp-eyed Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver picked up an unusual passenger a few days before Christmas: a lost baby girl she spotted running across a freeway overpass.

Irena Ivic, a driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System, was stunned when she saw a young child running barefoot down a highway overpass on the morning of December 22. "Baby was so scared and cried".

Ivic-Drobnjak's Facebook profile says she's from Prokuplje, a city in southern Serbia.

The video then shows a passenger walking up from the back of the bus and taking off her jacket, which Ivic used to keep the toddler warm. "I couldn't believe that somebody left the child on the street". He said he believes his wife, who he says has a mental illness, took the baby to the church just across the freeway and forgot about her. When police gathered near his home, he noticed his child was not there and ran outside.

ABC7 reported the boy was later reunited with his father.


Milwaukee police told WITI no charges were filed in the case.

MCTS executive Chris Abele, in a press conference Thursday, commended Ivic's actions. Another security camera captured her reaction in the driver's seat.

"Oh my god, oh my god", she said.

Ivic has been in Milwaukee for 12 years - and an employee of MCTS for five years.

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