Ky. high school students escape bus fire in Campbell Co.

Ky. high school students escape interstate bus fire in Campbell County

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The incident was reported around 5 p.m. on I-75 southbound near mile marker 150. The incident was reported around 5 p.m. on I-75 southbound near mile marker 150.

JELLICO (WATE) - A group of high school students from Lexington, Ky. on a field trip to the Smoky Mountains escaped a bus fire Friday afternoon that tied up traffic on Interstate 75 in Campbell County.

The incident was reported around 5 p.m. on I-75 southbound near mile marker 150.

A representative of Wombles Transportation says a group of students from Sayre High School in Lexington were on a field trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when a passenger noticed smoke coming from the back of the bus.

The driver pulled over and tried to extinguish the fire, but with no luck. Passersby also tried to help.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 33 people were on the bus including the driver. No one was injured. THP says the occupants were able to salvage some luggage before evacuating the bus.

Wombles Transportation is a charter bus company based out of Lexington. Another bus was sent to pick up the students.

The southbound lanes were closed for a time due to the fire.

Northbound traffic was not affected.

The cause of the fire is still not clear, but bus company officials suspect a bad alternator.

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