COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A school bus driver, Renita Smith, helped evacuate nearly two dozen children from a bus after the vehicle caught fire.
Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said in a statement that 20 students from Glen Arden Woods Elementary School were safely evacuated Monday evening without any reports of injuries.
Smith spoke to 94.7 Fresh FM’s Darik Kristofer on Wednesday about the incident.
The Prince George’s County bus driver said she realized the bus was on fire in College Park. When she saw flames in her side view mirror she leapt into action.
“I had to get my babies off the bus,” she said.
Smith said she had no thought but to evacuate the children to safety, even running back onto the burning bus afterward to make sure no one was left behind.
She can’t believe the “outpouring of love” she has received since the incident, and plans to take some time off.
Listen to the interview below.
It’s not clear what caused the fire in College Park. Brady says it appears to have started near one of the back wheels of the bus before spreading throughout the rest of the vehicle.
Most parents were able to pick up their children from the scene, while the others were taken to safety by a second responding bus.
A Dashcam video shows the bus engulfed in flames and heavy plumes of smoke.
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