Sammy Agunbiade of Houston, Texas, rushes the 30 students off the bus when he hears popping sounds and smells something strange. The bus explodes into flames as a second bus driver comes to take the students farther away from the bus.
During a field trip with about 100 special-needs students from Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, Melanie MacDonald quickly jumped into action when a bus caught on fire.
Forty-one high school students and an assistant coach escaped the bus uninjured. As the bus lost horsepower, overheated and began to smoke, the driver made sure all the students got off the bus safely.
In the fatal 2014 truck-motorcoach collision in California, NTSB found that there were difficulties in evacuating from the flame-engulfed motorcoach. That and other details are similar to the 1988 Carrollton bus disaster.
After investigating the Orland, California, crash in which five students were among those killed, the agency calls for motorcoach survivability enhancements.
The burnt vehicles make up nearly one-third of Piñon Unified School District’s fleet, and seven were destroyed. Quick-thinking school employees prevented further losses by driving the unburned buses out of harm’s way.
The Florida bus driver heard a popping sound and saw smoke, so he quickly evacuated the students from the bus before the fire spread through it. No one was hurt in the incident.
Joe Schieffert, the owner of Superior Transportation Services in Minnesota, lost 10 buses and the garage in a fire four months after buying the business. He was able to get six buses from a dealer to complete school routes soon afterward.
Lena Scott, a driver for Aiken County (S.C.) Public Schools, gets all 18 students to deboard after a student tells her he smells and sees smoke. Within minutes of every student exiting, the bus catches fire.
The driver was dropping off students at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Intermediate School when she noticed the engine was on fire, and got all 35 students to exit safely. No students were injured.
Police say it appears that a juvenile suspect was acting alone when two school buses were burned in Newport, North Carolina, on Sunday night.
Tucson Unified School District took the buses out of operation because they are similar to the one that caught fire. The buses were bought from the same manufacturer at the same time.
The buses, parked in a school lot in Newport, North Carolina, were set on fire on Sunday night. Police say that “suspicious items” were found on the buses.