Tahlequah Daily Press

Z_CNHI News Service

October 23, 2013

NPS charter bus catches fire with 43 students onboard; everyone safely evacuates

NORMAN — Forty-three students and three adults safely evacuated a Norman Public School charter bus after it caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Three NPS buses were traveling on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in southwest Oklahoma to a band competition at Cameron University when one of the buses caught fire at mile marker 47.

The bus experienced a mechanical issue, but the exact cause of the fire is not yet known. No injuries were reported. However, 20 students lost their instruments in the fire, and uniforms were destroyed.

Students were picked up by a Lawton school bus and taken the rest of the way to Cameron University. The bus that caught fire is one of two identical charter buses owned by Norman Public Schools.

Shelly Hickman, NPS director of Public Information and Community Relations, said the bus was worth approximately $250,000. The bus is insured, and NPS is working with its insurance carrier, Oklahoma School Risk Management Trust, Hickman said.

“To ensure the safety of students and take extra precautions, we are having our second charter bus that didn’t catch on fire taken to Dallas to be looked at,” Hickman said.

The charter bus will be inspected by ABC Companies in Dallas. The bus that caught on fire, which is a total loss, was towed to Lawton.

Fortunately, Norman High still was able to compete in the competition at Cameron University, Hickman reported. Norman North band members agreed to lend their instruments to those students who lost instruments in the fire for the purpose of the competition.

 

1
Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Stocks