HAYES CENTER, Neb. (KNOP) - A bus driver is credited for keeping a cool head as he saves the lives of the seven students on his Hayes Center bus on Monday. Superintendent Tony Primavera says the bus driver was in between stops on a country route when it caught fire.
Primavera says the bus driver thought he smelled burning wires. He was about 50 yards away from the next stop and the smell became stronger. He evacuated the students. The bus driver noticed the control panel to the left of the steering wheel was smoking.
Primavera says the driver tried to get fire extinguisher, but the smoke was just too much. Primavera says the bus then caught on fire.
Primavera says no one was close to getting hurt and fortunately everyone is safe. Primavera says the bus driver handled it very well and no one ever panicked.