US South Carolina: 56 students escape school bus fire unhurt

06:20  10 may  2017
06:20  10 may  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Robinette says the 56 students on board were taken to their respective schools by another bus and no one was hurt. Updated: Tuesday, May 9 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-05-09 23:56:03 GMT. In South Carolina , all 56 students escape unhurt after their school bus catches fire .More >>.

Robinette says the 56 students on board were taken to their respective schools by another bus and no one was hurt. Updated: Tuesday, May 9 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-05-09 23:56:03 GMT. In South Carolina , all 56 students escape unhurt after their school bus catches fire .More >>.

A burned school bus is shown Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Spartanburg, S.C. Authorities in South Carolina say more than 50 students escaped without injury after the school bus they were riding caught fire. Melissa Robinette, a spokeswoman for a Spartanburg school district, says the driver then parked the bus, helped students evacuate, and then arriving firefighters put out the fire. (Alex Hicks Jr./The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP) © The Associated Press A burned school bus is shown Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Spartanburg, S.C. Authorities in South Carolina say more than 50 students escaped without injury after the school bus they were riding caught fire. Melissa Robinette, a spokeswoman for a Spartanburg school district, says the driver then parked the bus, helped students evacuate, and then arriving firefighters put out the fire. (Alex Hicks Jr./The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say more than 50 students escaped without injury after the school bus they were riding caught fire.

Local media reports say the bus was carrying students to three different Spartanburg schools on Tuesday morning when two pupils in the rear noticed smoke rising outside the bus.

Melissa Robinette, a spokeswoman for a Spartanburg school district, says the driver then parked the bus, helped students evacuate, and then arriving firefighters put out the fire.

Robinette says the 56 students on board were taken to their respective schools by another bus and no one was hurt.

Pictures showed the inside of the bus gutted and part of the front and the roof scorched. Authorities are investigating what caused the fire.

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