School Bus Combusts

Posted on Sep 09, 2010
   No students were injured when a school bus randomly burst into flames Wednesday behind Hillcrest Middle School in Sumter County.

   Driver Jason Hice said he heard a pop, and drivers around him started yelling "Fire!"

   Hice was driving the bus from the maintenance shop to the bus yard. No students were on the bus at the time.

   Apparently, the fire sparked when the turbo charger blew hot oil on the manifold, according to County Supervisor Frank Waggoner. An investigation will be conducted by his office.

   Waggoner said the bus could be saved. His office rebuilt a similarly burnt bus three years ago, but it will take several months.