Close Call for Mauldin Middle School Kids

Yesterday students from the Mauldin Middle School (located in Simpsonville for some reason) were saved by a good Samaritan who alerted the driver of the bus the children were on to a fire that was breaking out around one of the rear tires. The driver evacuated the bus and no one was hurt in the incident.

From The Charlotte Observer:

A bus fire that briefly closed Interstate 85 this morning in Gastonia also destroyed the musical instruments of members of an S.C. middle school orchestra.

There were no injuries among the 23 children, who are students at Mauldin Middle School in Simpsonville, S.C., according to police and emergency officials. The children and their five chaperones were on their way to Carowinds amusement park to perform today. They were in one of at least six buses headed to the park.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a motorist passing the bus signaled to the driver that something was wrong. The driver pulled over and got everybody out and moved away from the bus. A fire appeared to have started around a rear tire and quickly engulfed the back of the bus.

The students’ instruments were destroyed in the fire. We’ll let you know if there is a way to donate to the school to help replace them.

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