Motorists help students escape burning bus
Associated Press Thursday, May 20, 2010
Miike Meadows / AP (05-20) 04:00 PDT Los Angeles
Motorists jumped from vehicles to kick open doors and help about two dozen third-graders out of a blazing school bus that had stalled on a busy freeway Wednesday near Universal Studios Hollywood, authorities and witnesses said.
Two children complained of minor smoke inhalation and were examined by paramedics, but the driver and other youngsters were not injured. The 8- and 9-year-olds from Flory Academy in Moorpark (Ventura County) were on a field trip headed for the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles.
The bus stalled in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 just before 9 a.m. and quickly erupted in flames. Fire spokesman Erik Scott said it took firefighters 11 minutes to extinguish the fire, which witnesses claim started in the front and gutted the bus.
Third-grader Michael Daley described a chaotic scene of screaming children and heavy smoke. He said the adults opened windows and the back door to let the smoke out before quickly deciding to leave.
"Kind of scared me because the driver was still up there, and I thought he was going to die," the boy told television station KTLA.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire, which caused southbound freeway lanes to close for more than an hour.
This article appeared on page C - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle
PHOTOCREDIT: A bus sits on Highway 101 in Los Angeles after it stalled and burst into flames.
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