Pittsburg State University students aboard a charter bus dodged injury after it caught fire Saturday morning near Arma, authorities in Crawford County said.
The bus was traveling north on U.S. 69 when it overheated about 6:45 a.m. and forced the driver to pull over, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Travel Time Tours and Charters owner Steve Roberts, told authorities he saw flames at the vehicle’s rear when he was checking its exterior and tried to put them out with a fire extinguisher. Fifty-one passengers were aboard, the sheriff’s office said.
The students exited safely and waited until another bus arrived to pick them up, the Sheriff’s Office said. University officials said the students – members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority – were headed to the annual Fraternal Leadership Summit in Overland Park, according to the Associated Press.
Arma is about 10 miles north of Pittsburg, where the university is located.