As soon as school bus driver Teresa Stroble heard two 9th graders yell about seeing smoke, she jumped into action.
The Duncan, South Carolina, school bus driver ushered all 56 students — from Duncan Elementary, Beech Springs Intermediate and Byrnes High School — off her bus, and radioed the transportation office to call 911 before the vehicle burst into flames Tuesday morning.
The “7-year veteran driver and teacher assistant for [Spartanburg School District 5] did exactly as she was trained and quickly and calmly evacuated all 56 students from the bus, and got them to a safe location,” the school district said in an online statement several hours after the incident. “She is a true hero!”
Firefighters arrived on the scene minutes later to contain the fire.
“She did exactly what she was trained to do,” Superintendent Scott Turner told CBS affiliate WSPA. “She was calm. She kept the students calm. She made sure they …