A school bus driver kept her cool and quickly got all her children off her burning school bus this morning. Those children are now calling the bus driver a hero.
Edgecombe County Schools say there were 39 children on the bus from Coker-Wimberly Elementary School. Spokeswoman Dianne LeFiles tells WITN News that driver Penny Cooper had just picked up the last two children on the route and those kids reported smelling smoke in the rear of the bus. Cooper pulled over and everyone got off the bus and the bus then went up in flames.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. on West Logsboro Road and the bus is a total loss. It was a 2008 Freightliner model with approximately 11,000 miles on it.
LeFiles says Cooper did a great job keeping everyone safe and another bus was sent to take the children to school.
The fire began in the top of the bus near the air conditioning unit, while the school system says it is investigating exactly why the bus caught on fire.