Driver Saves Children during North Carolina School Bus Fire
Posted on Feb 21, 2012
A North Carolina bus driver will be honored by the Charlotte Fire Department after she saved six elementary school children from a bus fire.
According to CNN, Lindora Richardson was driving six students home from a day at school when she smelled something burning. She quickly pulled the bus to the side of the road and inspected her vehicle. When she saw black smoke seeping from the bus, she jumped into action, walking the students to the back of the bus and then out of the back emergency exit. She then proceeded to walk the children up the street to get away from the potentially dangerous vehicle.
As a YouTube video captured, the school bus quickly catches on fire. Within minutes, the smoke had spread, the vehicle was engulfed, and flames shot out through the roof. Because of Richardson’s quick actions, no one was injured.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesperson told reporters that the heroic tale could have been a tragedy had Richardson not been alert, followed proper procedure, and acted quickly.
The children, who ranged in age from five to ten, attend Chantilly Montessori Elementary School, a Charlotte public school.
Richardson told reporters that she has two children, loves interacting with children, and loves her job as a school bus driver.
The North Carolina vehicle accident attorneys at Brent Adams and Associates commend her!