Women Help Save Lives of Students on School Bus in Mississippi Before it Burst into Flames

Updated: 05/04/2014 8:23 AM
Created: 05/03/2014 8:48 AM
By: Cassie Hart

A school bus in Greenville, Miss., bursts into flames just moments after everyone evacuated it Wednesday.     

There were nearly two dozen students and three chaperones on board, and they’re all alive because of two quick-thinking heroes.

Bettye Windom and her sister Beth Insley were at a red light when they noticed something was wrong with the bus. "We saw the school bus, and it was smoking real bad, and we knew we had to get those kids out of the bus," Windom tells ABC News.

The women jumped into action.

"(Beth) started flagging them down. It took us probably a mile to get them to pull over," Windom said. "We were running on the side of the bus and we had the flashers on. We were honking and screaming. My sister was out of the vehicle, out the window, screaming at him. We finally got in front of them and slammed on brakes to get them to get out of the bus," Windom said.

School officials said the bus driver was in the front of the bus during the fire trying to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher. The other adults on the bus were trying to get the students out the back.

One girl hurt her shoulder as students got off the bus. No other injuries were reported.

The students were heading home after taking exit exams in Hattiesburg.

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