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School Bus catches fire in Jefferson Co., W.Va.

May 22, 2007

Officials say a Jefferson County ( W.Va.) Schools bus driver is a hero after safely evacuating elementary students from her bus just before it caught fire Tuesday morning. Billie Jo Elliott was driving Bus No. 20 when she saw smoke coming from the back of the bus, school officials said. Students got off the bus as it was smoking. The bus was quickly engulfed in flames, school and emergency officials said.

Students were taken to T.A. Lowery Elementary School where they were evaluated by emergency personnel. Some of the students were transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. where they were also checked out. Some students were taken by ambulance and others by school bus. A hospital spokeswoman said 50 people were seen by medical personnel.

School Superintendent Steven Nichols said none of the students were injured. Emergency personnel said students suffered smoke inhalation.

Learn more about what students saw and how emergency personnel reacted. Get details in Wednesday's Morning Herald.

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