Students escape Caroline County school bus before it catches fire

Clark County School District bus crash at 215 Beltway and Durango Road Thursday Oct. 19 2017

Clark County School District bus crash at 215 Beltway and Durango Road Thursday Oct. 19 2017

In attendance at a press conference were community leaders, parents, drivers, monitors, school faculty, allied organizations, and citizens concerned about school bus safety.

Observed annually during the third full week of October, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program.

16-20 has been designated National School Bus Safety Week, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This year's theme, "Stop on Red", reminds motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside of school buses.

The Stand Up for School Bus Safety Coalition announced the launch of their newly-formed organization. The VIPS project is created to educate drivers and pedestrians that motorists must stop when the flashing red lights and crossing arm on a school bus are activated.

The students from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina were heading home from school Thursday afternoon when they began to hear clicking sounds in the engine, they told ABC affiliate WSOC.

However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.

The complaint says that the district and school bus company contracts require the school bus operator be "responsible for proposing and recommending bus routes and bus stop locations", while the school district "was responsible for giving final approval of the stops and routes".

At the time of this report Cascade Student Transportation, which now owns Petermann Transportation, LLC, had not responded to STN's request for comment. "While in transit, the driver smelled smoke, immediately stopped the bus, evacuated all students safely and notified emergency services", CMS said.

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