WNEP-TV reports that a school bus caught on fire in Carroll Township without anyone onboard suffering injuries on Sunday morning, May 15. According to the article, the bus was on its way towards Gettysburg with 45 students and adults from the Jim Thorpe area school district in Carbon County when the incident occurred.
At about 10:19 a.m., the bus began to smoke and lose power. The driver pulled off to the side of the road on Route 15 near Dillsburg, south of Harrisburg, and was able to evacuate all of the occupants of the bus before it caught fire. No injuries were reported. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the bus was fully engulfed in flames. All of the students’ belongings onboard the bus were destroyed. The bus is owned by Kuhn Transportation in Schuylkill County, and the owner of the company says the fire chief told him a faulty fuel pump was the reason for the fire.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports that about 2,210 bus or school bus fires were reported, on average, every year between 1999 and 2003 (the most recent years statistics are available). These fires caused an estimated yearly average of three fatalities and 30 people injured. Overall, during this time period, bus or school fires accounted for about one percent of the total reported vehicle fires, one percent of vehicle fire fatalities, and two percent of vehicle fire injuries. On average, every day six bus or school bus fires were reported during this time period.
Any time a bus fire results in passengers suffering injury or death, an investigation should be launched to determine the cause of the fire. If it is determined the fire resulted from a defective auto part or poor vehicle maintenance, the manufacturer and/or the bus company may be held liable. At Anapol Weiss, our Philadelphia product liability attorneys have helped many victims receive compensation after they are injured by another person’s negligence. Call 1-866-735-2792 to learn more today.