WUFT News

42 elementary students safe after bus catches fire

By on April 27th, 2011

A bus carrying 42 Marion County Elementary School kids caught fire this morning at Santa Fe College. 86 students from Dr. N H Jones Elementary School were traveling on two charter buses on a field trip to the Planetarium and Zoo at Santa Fe College. SFC Student Doug Prince immediately ran to help when he saw the bus start to smoke and catch fire.

“I spent 6 years in the Army and it’s just been engrained in me to make sure I help out in this situation where I can potentially save somebody or help somebody out,” he says.

No one was hurt in the accident and the kids are finishing their tours. Marion County Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says it’s common for the county to use chartered buses on trips this far from their schools, and while the student’s parents have been notified of the incident, another bus has arrived to take the children back to school after the trip.


This entry was posted in Local. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Teacher Conference Aims to Bring Global Perspective Into Classrooms

Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.


Anna Claire (left) and Katie Scarlett (right) are two capuchin monkeys that were once pets but now live in the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Scarlett is blind and Claire is diabetic.

Primate Sanctuaries Feel Stresses of Insufficient Funding

Sanctuaries are struggling to take in primates as researchers and pet owners forgo euthanasia for better homes.


Oct. 23, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


The Ocala City Council voted not to renew Matthew Brower's contract as city manager on Tuesday. Brower's current contract will expire on Dec. 21.

Ocala City Manager’s Contract Not Renewed

The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.


Victoria Rusinov administers FluMist to a child at the Control Flu clinic at Littlewood Elementary School.

CDC Studies Effects of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Over Traditional Shot for Children

Recent studies suggests a nasal spray form of the flu vaccine is more effective than the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 to 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments