About 45 middle and high school students were safely evacuated from a school bus on Monday after a fire erupted in the engine compartment.
Gallatin Fire Department received a call at 7:25 a.m. reporting a school bus on fire at Highway 109 near Hancock Street, Battalion Chief Rodney Pryor said.
The fire started in the engine compartment of bus 499 while transporting students to school. The cause is unknown and still under investigation.
The fire occurred toward the end of the bus’s morning route with approximately 45 students.
“There were kids on the bus that had been evacuated prior to our arrival,” Pryor said.
Most of the students attended Rucker-Stewart Middle School. A handful of students, less than five, attended Gallatin High School, said Board and Community Relations Director Jeremy Johnson, of Sumner County Public Schools.
“The driver was able to evacuate the bus and get all students off safely without injury,” Johnson said. “A replacement bus came and took the students on to school. Administrators contacted their parents just to make sure they knew this happened and their child was safe.”