Students safe after charter bus bursts into flames


Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:07 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. A charter bus carrying students from a Boynton Beach middle school to Orlando's Universal Studios had mechanical problems and burst into flames on Florida's Turnpike.

Officials on Friday say no injuries were reported among the 43 students from Christa McAuliffe Middle School.

School district officials say the bus was taking students and chaperones on a science trip to Orlando on Friday morning when it caught fire in Osceola County.

Another bus carrying other students picked them up, and the group arrived safely in Orlando later Friday morning.

An official from the charter company says the bus was inspected Thursday and had no problems. They were still looking for the cause of the fire.

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