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Students unharmed as school bus catches fire

Posted May 5, 2009

— A Sampson County school bus caught fire Monday afternoon, but 25 students on board were able to escape unharmed, authorities said.

The bus was taking students home from Union Elementary School at about 3:25 p.m. Monday when the fire started on Edmond Mathis Road, said Trooper Greg Steffens of the state Highway Patrol.

The bus driver, Julie Lamb, and a couple of passing drivers helped get all of the students off the bus, and Lamb ran back into the burning bus to ensure no students were under the seats, Steffens said.

No injuries were reported.

During the fire, the fuel cells on the bus detonated, causing several explosions, authorities said.


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  • computer trainer May 6, 2009

    WOW! Brave lady! I know that she felt it was her duty to go back on the bus and check, but I am not sure that I would have been that brave. Prayers for all of them. This could have had a VERY different outcome.

  • raggy831 May 5, 2009

    Glad that everyone is safe...many thanks to the driver and others for helping get all students out safe.

  • sayitoutloud May 5, 2009

    Im glad everyone was able to get off the bus safely and noone was injured in the fire.

  • Justin T. May 5, 2009

    Everything is so high-tech these days... apparently they have swapped out the "gas tanks" on busses for "fuel cells". Fancy!

  • whatistheworldcomingto May 5, 2009

    Good job, Ms. Lamb and your anonymous assistant! I know there will be lots of thankful parents that appreciate your heroic efforts!

  • MyNameIsMud May 5, 2009

    "Call me crazy; but a bus that catches fire on Monday afternoon was definitely in terrible mechanical shape on Monday morning!"

    Don't slander the school system and the mechanics they employ. Things break, even new vehicles.

  • momx2 May 5, 2009

    The bus driver is a true hero. She risk her on life to return to the bus to make sure all students were off safely. The other that assited her stopping to make sure she and the students were safe also deserve a pat on the back. God bless the bus driver and others and the students. Praying they don't have nightmares from this.

  • Fuquay Resident May 5, 2009

    Wow, this bus driver and the passing motorists deserve a big thank you for getting all the kids off the bus. I'm sure the kids were terrified, especially when the fuel tanks were exploding.

  • nonemeant May 5, 2009

    Call me crazy; but a bus that catches fire on Monday afternoon was definitely in terrible mechanical shape on Monday morning!!

  • quit_whining May 5, 2009

    The wheels on the bus DON'T go round and round!