We recently posted a blog about surviving a crash. Students in College Park, MD were recently faced with a dilemma when their school bus caught fire. The bus driver is being hailed for her response to the incident.
Firefighters from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company were alerted to the fire at about 4:45 in the afternoon on Monday, September 12th. There were 20 students from Glenarden Woods Elementary School on the bus when the incident began. The students were evacuated from the bus by the driver that was able to remain calm throughout the ordeal. No injuries were reported in the incident. Most of the children were picked up at the scene by their parents, while another bus was dispatched to transport others.
Mark Brady, public information officer for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department stated that the fire appeared to have originated near one of the rear wheels and spread throughout the bus. The driver, Reneita Smith, evacuated all 20 students and went back onto the bus to make sure it was clear.
By not showing any panic, the bus driver bought precious seconds in keeping the children calm and getting them to safety in a timely manner!