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North Carolina students, driver escape school bus fire

North Carolina students, driver escape school bus fire”

Officials say the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) bus was carrying 16 students from South Mecklenburg High School on Thursday when the driver smelled smoke around 3.30pm.

Bus No 364 reportedly burst into flames near the intersection of Eastway Drive and Central Avenue, according to a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

A video shot of the incident shows students escaping while the entire front of the bus is engulfed in flames.

More than a dozen North Carolina high school students escaped injury after their school bus caught fire.

Timoni Rushing was on the bus and says it broke down just minutes before, but the driver got the bus to restart and kept going.

'Well actually looked like it was about to explode.

CMS Transportation maintenance staff completed a routine 30-day inspection of the bus on October 6, and the bus was returned to service after routine maintenance services were performed, CMS said Friday. "And that's when the front just exploded", said Rushing.

An investigation is ongoing with an expert expected to inspect the school bus in the coming days.

Images shot by WSOC's chopper skyzoom showcase the school bus front-end completely gutted and the rest of the body charred.

Charlotte obtained a copy of the last inspection for the bus.

The "multi-party" investigation includes assistance from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's school bus transportation division and a fire inspector from the Charlotte Fire Department, officials said.



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