Chipley Football Team Watches Bus Burn

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Chipley, FL -- December 5, 2011 --

WCTV obtained new video Monday showing the Chipley High School football team's bus fully engulfed in flames after it blew a tire Friday on the way to Northview.

Senior runningback Ryan Mcyntire said at first he was in shock.

"It was like this can't be happening to us on such a big day," said Mcyntire.

Teammate Taylor Smelcer, who was sitting in the seat right above the tire that blew out, described the hectic scene that followed.

"We saw smoke, then the bus driver told us to get off, and everybody was just grabbing their stuff and getting off," said Smelcer.

After getting on the marching band's bus, the team eventually made it to the game with time to spare. Down fourteen points early on, head coach Rob Armstrong said just like the tire, his players started out flat.

"I was worried. They stopped us first series and we punted to them," said Armstrong.

But they didn't give up, and also like their bus, he said the players caught fire, scoring the winning touchdown with less than two minutes to go.

"Myers did a great job hitting Mcyntire in stride and it was nice seeing him cross that goal line," said Armstrong.

Bay Limousine said the bus was seventeen years old and the last safety check done on it was in June.

Meanwhile, the other scary incident happened on the way home. Coaches and team members said a driver was headed in the wrong direction on Interstate 10 in Walton County and almost slammed into them head-on.

"Our school resource officer swerved in front of us to keep him from hitting us, and ran us off the road. He pursued him, turned around and pursued him," said Mcyntire.

The Florida Highway Patrol was unavailable for comment Monday on either incident.


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  • by News Maven Location: Tallahassee on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Another great exclusive by the news leader for Tallahassee. You SMOKED your print shell-of-a-competitor again!
  • by Jean on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    Praise the Lord that no one was seriously injured. I have children in school and I ca fully understand what must have been going through each and every parents mind when they heard this.
  • by Just Me Location: No Where Land on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Sounds like a Great Bus Driver and a Great School Resource Officer. Way to be alert and know what to do in the case of close calls and emergencies.
  • by John on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    They used the wrong bus company to start with!
  • by sylnoiva Location: quincy on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    This is truly a blessing!!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to sylnoiva
      Why is a bus burning a blessing?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to
        lol i wanna know too
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