Thanks to the efforts of their driver, six schoolchildren from North Carolina were speedily evacuated from their school bus minutes before it burst into flames.
CNN reports that Lindora Richardson was driving her route when she smelled something burning. After pulling over and noticing smoke, she instructed the children to evacuate via the rear emergency exit. Moments later, smoke and flames engulfed the vehicle. No injuries were reported, and officials are still determining the cause of the blaze. The Charlotte Fire Department is expected to honor Richardson for her efforts, according to CNN.
NFPA's U.S. Vehicle and Fire Trends Report notes that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 2,400 school bus, bus, and trackless trolley fires per year between 2002 and 2007, resulting in 27 injuries annually. The data also indicates that most vehicle fires are caused by mechanical or electrical failures. Download the complete report for further details, and watch the YouTube video of the fire: