CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Emergency crews are on the scene after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus caught on fire Thursday afternoon.
According to Medic, the fire happened on Dunlavin Way. CMS officials confirmed students from South Mecklenburg High School were on bus 364 at the time of the incident. Officials said all of the students and the driver were able to get off the bus. A replacement but was sent to the scene for students to be dropped off safely.
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Medic said one person was being examined at the scene for smoke inhalation. Officials did not say if the victim was a student or the bus driver. The number of students on board the bus is not known at this time.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following statement following the incident:
After the quick response of a CMS school bus driver to a fire emergency, 16 South Mecklenburg High School students and the bus driver evacuated safely after their school bus caught fire on Thursday afternoon. While in transit, the driver smelled smoke, immediately stopped the bus, evacuated all students safely and notified emergency services. The incident occurred on bus #364 at about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Eastway Drive and Central Ave in Charlotte.
CMS Transportation is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident, which will include a review of the inspection and maintenance records of bus #364. A replacement bus was dispatched to pick up the students and continue the route.
“We are all grateful that every student and the driver are safe. The district trains bus drivers and CMS staff to respond in emergency situations and the district is proud of the quick action of this driver and also thankful for the swift cooperation of students on board. The district holds the safety of all our kids and staff as top priority and will conduct a thorough review to ensure the continued safety of our CMS students and staff,” says Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.
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