As soon as two 9th grade students saw smoke coming out from the back of their school bus, their alert bus driver knew just what to do, and thanks to her amazing focus and presence of mind that day – she was able to save 56 students’ lives that fateful day!
School bus driver from Duncan, South Carolina Teresa Stroble ushered all 56 students (Duncan Elementary, Beech Springs Intermediate and Byrnes High School students) off her bus, and radioed the transportation office to call 911 before the vehicle finally bursts into flames that day.
Soon after, firefighters came at the scene after the fire began and they were able to contain the blaze. Eyewitness shared that even people driving by the incident was able to feel the heat inside their own vehicles.
The parents of the students inside the bus were alerted of the fire, however thanks to Stroble, the news they received is all good and not a single kid injured. Since then, Teresa has been hailed a true hero. She has been working as a bus driver for 7 years now and works as a teacher’s assistant in the district.
The school district superintendent Scott Turner said:
“We are so proud of our bus driver. She was calm. She kept the students calm. She made sure they were safe. They were her first priority. She’s our hero today.”
Turner further said:
The “7-year veteran driver and teacher assistant for [Spartanburg School District 5] did exactly as she was trained and quickly and calmly evacuated all 56 students from the bus, and got them to a safe location. She is a true hero!”
The local fire department is still unsure what caused the sudden explosion, but WSPA reports that this specific line of 1995 buses has been known to have thermal wiring and electrical issues. Depending on the results of the investigation, the state might decide to re-inspect and re-evaluate other buses in their fleet.
Regardless of the result of the investigation, we are glad that Stroble was able to think fast on her feet and was able to save everyone. Way to go Teresa!
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