LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Nobody was hurt and no personal belongings were even damaged in a bus fire carrying students from Houston to Shreveport.
The charter bus, which was carrying fifth-graders, parents and teachers from South Highlands Elementary Magnet School, was on its way back from a Houston field trip when it apparently overheated and burst into flames at about 9:25 a.m. Thursday on Highway 59 outside of Livingston.
According to chaperone Ruth Cole, a driver following the bus saw the flames and called 911. She said all the passengers remained calm while exiting the bus.
"The driver thought it was a blown-out tire or something, but as the smoke got worse, and we're talking in a time span of two seconds, he decided it was not a blown-out tire, pulled the bus over to the side of the road and said 'get off!'" Cole said.