Driver, 40 children escape school bus that caught fire in Palm Bay

No injuries were reported, fire officials say

No one was injured when a school bus with 40 kids on board caught on fire Tuesday afternoon in Palm Bay, according to fire officials. (Palm Bay Fire Rescue)

PALM BAY, Fla. – A school bus carrying 40 children and a driver erupted in flames in Palm Bay Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials.

Palm Bay Fire Rescue said crews responded to the heavy flames around 3:30 p.m.

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According to fire officials, the children and driver all evacuated the bus and no one was injured.

In a statement, Imagine Schools at West Melbourne said the bus caught fire due to an electrical issue, also commending the quick actions of the driver and the children for keeping everyone safe.

This comes the same day as a school bus crash transporting students from Hagerty High School in Seminole County sent three students to the hospital.


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