Two students, driver escape burning school bus

POST bus fire

Two students and the driver escaped safely when this East Millsboro Elementary school bus caught fire Monday morning. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Delaware State Police).


MILLSBORO – A bus driver and two students escaped safely after an East Millsboro Elementary school bus caught fire Monday morning.

The 41-year-old female driver and two students – an 11-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy – safely exited the back of the bus through the emergency exit after the engine shut down and the driver detected smoke and flames coming from the front of the bus, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

The incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. when the bus came to a stop on Carey’s Camp Road between Millsboro Highway and Phillips Hill Road, Cpl. Fournier said.

Upon exiting the bus, the driver and young passengers went to a nearby residence to call 911.

No injuries were reported.

The bus, a 2004 International, sustained extensive damage.

Authorities believe a mechanical issue sparked the fire.

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