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Old 12-14-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Horrific school bus fire in Iowa

This accident happened in my home county.
Communities gather to mourn victims of fatal bus fire | Region | nonpareilonline.com
Not only sad, but scary as hell.
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That is a terrible tragedy. It sounds like a tight-knit community, so that should help a bit.

Says it was diesel bus- looks like a freak accident. I don't see any other vehicle involved and was very experienced driver. I don't see him hitting a utility pole.

This will shake that small town for awhile.
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I wonder if the driver suffered a medical episode and that led to the crash. If the girl was trying to help him, that might have been why they didn't get out before the fire overwhelmed them.

Hopefully the families will get some answers in the next few weeks.
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I wonder if the driver suffered a medical episode and that led to the crash.
That's what I am thinking also. The bus looks like it rolled into the ditch while backing-up. They mentioned he must have been older to have worked so long. Terrible.
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That's what I am thinking also. The bus looks like it rolled into the ditch while backing-up. They mentioned he must have been older to have worked so long. Terrible.
Yeah, he was 74. Doesn't necessarily mean that was the problem but things get less predictable at that age.
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Doesn't it look like the fire started from the driver-side rear wheels? Maybe dragging brakes there caused the tires to catch fire? That still doesn't explain why the occupants couldn't get out, unless they were incapacitated first by smoke or combustion gases. I've always wondered what fire-retardency, if any, a typical school bus's seats and interior has? I suspect that when a fire starts inside a school bus, it will spread VERY quickly.

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The seats and puke mats are the only things that can burn in a factory bus.

Naturally this is just conjecture, but my guess is the truck ruptured the fuel tank causing a fuel fire that engulfed the bus quickly. With the hard impact the occupants were incapacitated and weren't able to use the emergency exits.
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school bus seats burn incredibly scary fast...
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That seems odd that they'd allow flammable materials in the bus when most of the interior is steel and aluminum.

Don't school kids smoke anymore?

I found a old bus with a built in ashtray today. Those were the good old days.
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we had a substitute driver back in early 83, he used to smoke and use a styro cup with stale coffee as an ashtray.. the dude that ran that 1980 ford carpenter to its limits on the route. no one said a word about him smoking in the bus.. the kids werent allowed to.. though they did anyway when he would light up.. 10 degrees outside and the back most window on each side of the bus rolled down...

the regular driver was an old lady that was extremely strict.. she kicked kids off the bus for yelling to their friends a few rows away..
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