Royals pitcher grabs wheel after ice falls onto windshield of bus

Blaine Boyer appears to have quick instincts both on and off the field.

As the Royals drove through Toronto ahead of their series on Sunday against the Blue Jays, a large chunk of ice slammed onto the windshield of one of the team's buses, according to multiple reports. The freak collision caused the windshield to shatter, with the resulting shards of glass injuring the driver. Boyer quickly sprang into action, grabbing the wheel and helping stop the bus, likely preventing what could have been a tragic accident.

Boyer downplayed the significance of his actions, instead crediting the driver for staying alert despite his injuries.

"He was a stud...That guy Fred was a trouper," Boyer told The Athletic. "He had shards in his face, and he was locked in on trying to get the bus slowed down."

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Pitcher Blaine Boyer #56 of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Champions Stadium at Walt Disney World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 31: Blaine Boyer #56 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Washington Nationals August 31, 2008 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - JUNE 23: Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #55 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the New York Yankees during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on June 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24: RY 24: RY 24: Blaine Boyer #23 of the New York Mets poses for a portrait during the New York Mets Photo Day on February 24, 2011 at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 15: Blaine Boyer #64 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Blaine Boyer #58 of the San Diego Padres poses during Photo Day on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Blaine Boyer #58 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 3: Blaine Boyer #36 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a photo during the Twins' photo day on March 3, 2015 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 17: Blaine Boyer #36 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the eleventh inning of the game on April 17, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 3-2 in eleven innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 29: Blaine Boyer #36 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the game on April 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - MARCH 25: Blaine Boyer #40 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning during the spring training game at Sloan Park on March 25, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22: Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park on April 22, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 21: Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on September 21, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 10: Blaine Boyer #51 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Blaine Boyer
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The driver, Fred Folkerts, was treated by paramedics for cuts on his face, but did not suffer any serious injuries, according to multiple reports. Folkerts praised Boyer and the other Royals players on the bus for their actions.

"These guys were phenomenal," Folkerts told The Athletic. "The guys basically helped take over."

None of the Royals players on the bus were hurt.

The Royals' game against the Blue Jays on Monday ended up being cancelled ironically due to a large hole on the Rogers Centre roof caused by falling ice.

Boyer signed a minor league deal with the Royals this past offseason. The 36-year-old veteran reliever has also spent time with the Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Diamondbacks, among other teams.

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