Northwest Allen County Schools staff and students are did what they do best after Thursday bus fire… they’re learned from it.
17 other buses that are the same make and model as the one that caught fire Thursday were looked at by Indiana State Police Friday, despite going through inspections just a few weeks ago.
The bus that burned up yesterday was looked at by the people who built it.
“I think there were a lot of positive factors that weighed in our favor,” Northwest Allen County Schools Spokesperson Lizette Downey said. “As soon as they smelled something they implemented evacuation procedures, and then calling for help right away.”
Forty middle and high school students were able to get off the bus safely, before flames tore through it, burning and melting everything in sight. The school system is crediting the driver and bus fire drills for the safe result.
“They will get off split in the center, and the ones in the front will exit out the front, and the other half will split and exit to the rear,” Downey explained.
The evacuation plan went to plan yesterday, even though the students hadn’t yet gone through a drill this year. They will experience two.
“I would imagine that this time around students are going to be more cautious than they have in recent times,” Downey added.
The district has spare busses in case if something like the fire happens. No routes were missed and the school day got back to as normal as possible.
“It’s okay, we just keep going and thankfully nobody was hurt and we can put it behind us and move on,” Downey said.
NewsChannel 15 tried talking with the bus driver, but was told he’s humble and didn’t want the attention. He was back to work Friday, telling the superintendent he was just doing his job.