By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 18, 2017
GADSDEN CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- A charter bus transporting high school students and their parents caught fire in Gadsden County early Saturday.
The incident happened just after 3 a.m. on Interstate 10 westbound at mile marker 184.
The driver of the bus ordered all passengers off the vehicle and inspected a burning odor. Witnesses said sparks began to emerge from the left rear tire and a blaze ensued.
The Florida Highway Patrol arrived to the scene at 3:12 a.m. and found the bus fully engulfed by flames. Initial attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful and both lanes of I-10 were closed.
Gadsden County Fire arrived to the scene and was able to extinguish the fire. The outside westbound lane was closed due to debris from the bus, but was re-opened after the road was cleared. The inside lane was re-opened at 4:50 a.m.
The charter bus that caught fire was one of six transporting students and parents from Navarre High School.
The other five buses were able to continue on their scheduled route and a replacement bus was called in to transport the passengers on the destroyed charter bus.
No injuries were reported.