NewsWater Cooler


South Carolina school bus driver escorts 34 kids away from fiery crash, police say

Posted at 3:04 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 15:04:54-05

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a school bus that caught fire after being rear-ended at a South Carolina rail crossing safely evacuated all 34 children aboard.

The Palmetto Rural Fire Department says in a Facebook post that no one was seriously hurt in the crash Tuesday morning in Darlington County.

State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Sonny Collins says the bus was stopped at the train crossing when a car struck it from behind and caught fire, spreading flames to the bus.

Collins says the car's driver was taken to a hospital. There were no immediate details on the driver's condition.

County schools spokeswoman Audrey Childers says the students aboard the bus were headed to two elementary schools in Darlington.