Safety

Church Bus Catches Fire in Indiana, No One Hurt

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on July 2, 2018
The rear tire of this bus, owned by Illinois-based Herscher Christian Church, caught fire. All 18 passengers were able to exit unharmed as the fire quickly spread through the rear of the bus.
The rear tire of this bus, owned by Illinois-based Herscher Christian Church, caught fire. All 18 passengers were able to exit unharmed as the fire quickly spread through the rear of the bus.

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. — A bus owned by an Illinois church caught fire here on Saturday morning, but all passengers aboard were able to escape unharmed.

At about 12:45 a.m., a blue 2000 Champion commercial bus, owned by Herscher, Illinois-based Herscher Christian Church and driven by Sue Stevenson, was headed south on I-65 when the bus had a tire failure, according to a bulletin from the Indiana State Police. Stevenson said she saw sparks coming from the right rear tire.

As Stevenson pulled the bus over onto the right shoulder, the right rear tire caught fire. All 18 passengers — 16 teenagers and two chaperones — were able to exit as the fire quickly spread through the rear of the bus, according to the bulletin from the Indiana State Police. The bus was fully engulfed in flames within minutes.

A state trooper and a local towing company were able to transport all the passengers to an establishment at a highway exit, where they were able to make arrangements to get home.

The bus was transporting the teens home from an event in Michigan, according to a news release from Herscher Christian Church. The bus is a total loss, along with some of the luggage on board.

“We want to express thanks to the Indiana State Police, assisting EMS, the Indiana Highway Department, local Fire Departments, and all those that gave of their time and talents to assist with this situation,” said Jacob Garett, the senior pastor of the church, in the news release.

Related Topics: bus fires, Illinois, Indiana, tires/wheels

Nicole Schlosser Managing Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Michael

     | about 14 days ago

    There is at least one school bus fire a day in this country. I have a patent pending emergency egress system being reviewed in the states of Ohio, Texas and Virginia. This safety egress system will evacuate children more efficiently and safely in real life crisis like school fires. Every second counts when transporting precious cargo. Preparedness is vital. Michael A. Lillo, inventor

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