Unoccupied School Bus Burns on Iron Range

Updated: December 12, 2019 03:48 PM

There were no injuries when a Virginia school bus with no students aboard caught fire alongside U.S. Highway 53.

The fire happened around 10:20 on Thursday morning.  The Northland Fire Wire reports that the driver was able to get off the bus without being injured. 

According to a Facebook post from the Virginia School, the bus was at a repair shop for maintenance. The fire started during a test drive. School officials say no staff or students were present at the time.

The Superintendent added this statement, "We are thankful that no one was injured during the incident. We will be investigating, along with others, to determine the cause of the fire. Virginia schools runs a safe and modern fleet of buses which are well-taken care of--and we are often told during inspections that our bus fleet is the best in the area. However, something like this cannot be happening, even on buses which are undergoing maintenance from an outside vendor. We'll figure out what happened."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters from Virginia, Pike-Sandy-Britt, and Mountain Iron responded to the scene.

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