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Greenville Co. school bus catches fire with 29 students on board

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Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools) Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools)
Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools) Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools)
Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools) Bus fire (Source: Greenville County Schools)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County Schools said no one was hurt when a school bus caught on fire Thursday morning.

At approximately 8:20 a.m., officials said a bus driver noticed smoke and small flames coming from the rear engine. 

The driver pulled over and shut off the engine near the intersection of Bonnie Brea and Sandy Lane. 

The fire went out once the bus was shut off and the bus was evacuated as a precaution. The district said it appeared to be caused by an issue with the fuel injector and turbo system.

Twenty-nine Southside High School students were on board.  The fire department responded and a spare bus took the students to school. They arrived just after 9 a.m.

Parents of the students who were on the bus are being notified, the district said.  

“The driver followed protocol,” said Beth Brotherton, a spokesperson for the school district. “We are appreciate his quick action and appropriate response during a stressful situation.”

District officials said the cause of the fire was likely due to a malfunction with part of the fuel injector or turbo system that caused the flames and smoke.

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