Driver Evacuates Osseo Students, 2 in Wheelchairs, from Burning School Bus

Updated: 03/06/2014 12:38 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 10:47 AM
By: Leslie Dyste

Six special needs students and a nurse were headed to Elm Creek Elementary School in Maple Grove Thursday morning when their school bus caught fire.

Brooklyn Park Police Commander Mark Bruley tells, officers responded to the fire at 8:21 a.m. The bus driver told officers the fire started in the engine compartment and then flames broke out.

The bus driver helped the students off the bus. According to Bruley, the driver was able to get two of the kids who were in wheelchairs off first, and then helped the others.

The driver then tried to battle the flames with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful. Bruley says the bus is "pretty burnt out." He added, "the bus driver did a good job."

None of the students, the driver or nurse were injured.

Barbara Olson with Osseo Area Schools tells the bus is operated by First Student based out of Ohio.

"The driver did everything by the book and then some. We're very pleased with his quick and efficient actions," said Stephanie Creech with First Student.

Another bus picked up the students and there was a minor delay to get to school.

Photo: KSTP file

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