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Party Bus Passengers Thank Their Designated Driver After Crash

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Passengers on a party bus were celebrating a birthday party when everything came to a screeching halt.

"We were just trying to play it safe and we had rides set up for when we got back to town, unfortunately they were ambulances instead of the other people." says Jeremy Ficek, Bismarck.

Jeremy Ficek was standing in this bus, singing karaoke, celebrating his girlfriend's 25th birthday, when their party bus was crashed into by an alleged drunk driver.

"I was pretty infuriated...Just knowing that he was the cause of all this, and our friends and family were injured because of him, really stirs up a lot of emotions inside." says Ficek.

"We did the right thing and make sure we wouldn't have something like this happen, and then for something like that to not care about other people, really could have been a terrible night for a lot of people." says Gregory Steyskal, Bismarck.

10 of 17 friends and family members have since been treated and released from the hospital with various injuries.

Authorities say the accident would have been much worse, if the party bus driver had not done what he did to avoid a head-on crash.

"I see those lights coming at me all the time, you bet." says Radar.

They call him Radar, and he has been driving for Nightlife Limousine for several years.

He's taken many defensive driving courses, but had only seconds to react to a driver coming straight at him.

"I'm really appreciative to God we all walked away because if we would have hit him, no one would have walked away." says Radar.

As the passengers pick up what is still in the wrecked bus, they also drop off their gratitude--to a designated driver.

"We are so fortunate he was our driver, he's a hero." says Steyskal.

Radar worked again Saturday night, because he says it's his responsibility to make sure people have a sober driver.

The owner of Nightlife Limousine says this is the first accident they've had involving injuries in 21 years.

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