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School bus catches on fire in Clayton County; no children on board

A school bus with no children on board caught on fire Tuesday in Clayton County, temporarily shutting down all southbound lanes of I-675, authorities said.

All lanes were reopened by around 4 p.m. 

The incident happened near Ga. 42 just before 3 p.m. Clayton County Public Schools spokesman Ronald Shields confirmed to Channel 2 Action News it was one of their buses and only the driver was on board.

The driver escaped the burning bus safely after she noticed smoke, he said. 

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The Clayton County Fire Department told Channel 2 the bus is “demolished.”

 

“We commend the bus driver for swift action in notifying the authorities and thank the first responders for their prompt attention,” Shields said in a statement.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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