Bad Day For Busses In Santa Clarita
Two school bus incidents Thursday afternoon.
Updated: 2:50 p.m.
The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that there was not a school bus fire this morning on Lyons Avenue and Main Street.
At just after 8:00 a.m., emergency crews responded to reports that smoke was entering a Newhall School District bus through the engine compartment. The students were evacuated from the bus, and District personnel were notified. It was quickly realized however, that the engine was not on fire.
All but one of the student was put on another bus for transport to Peachland Elementary school, which is where they were headed when the incident occurred.
One young girl was transported to the hospital as a precaution, and according to Newhall School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Clear, she hyperventilated and now is doing fine.
District mechanics are inspected the bus and found that a fuel leak was to blame for the scare. Clear said that the mechanics reported that fuel dripped down into the engine compartment touched hot metal and created smoke. "After seeing the smoke, the driver pulled over and evaculated the bus, just as he was trained to do. He handled the situation perfectly," said Clear.
Also, at 12:30 this afternoon, another school bus and a Santa Clarita transit bus collided, hitting each other's side-view mirrors. No injuries were reported.