Driver ushers passengers out before bus catches fire

December 07, 2007|By LARRY CARSON

A Howard Transit bus driver yesterday stopped her vehicle and ushered the passengers to safety just before the vehicle caught fire outside Howard Community College in Columbia.

Sharon Smith, deputy administrator for Corridor Transportation Corp., which manages the 26-vehicle fixed route system, said the incident occurred about 9 a.m.

The driver, who did not want her name released, smelled gasoline and got her three passengers out of the 2000 Ford bus, which then caught fire.

The bus had traveled 459,781 miles, well over the normal 300,000 replacement standard, according to Smith. She said no one was injured.

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