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Putting the bus in combustion

In Local News on August 23, 2009 at 1:46 am

Stretchers were brought on scene after three students and one teacher lost consciousness due to fire and smoke related injuries in this school bus crash.  (Missing Mile Times photo submitted by Lennon Daines)

Stretchers were brought on scene after three students and one teacher lost consciousness due to fire and smoke related injuries in this school bus crash. (Missing Mile Times photo submitted by MMPD)

It was the first day back to school for Missing Mile Community High School students, though for a few, it was nearly their last.

A school bus en route to the hospital for a career shadow field trip burst into flames after striking a telephone pole beside the MMPD 1st Precinct.

The driver and MMHS Science teacher, Ricky Ross, remembers swerving after spotting something in the road, which is when he struck the pole and the bus combusted.

“I think the bus caught on fire because it’s too old,”  said Ross who quickly added with a frown, “we have no funding for our poor school”.  In addition,  he admitted to being somewhat distracted by his rowdy students, who he described as being “too loud”.

With the rise of gang crimes in Missing Mile, some feared this may have been a random act of violence. But, when asked if he thought the fault was entirely mechanical or if he suspected criminal intent he offered the following;

“I think it’s possible a lot of students don’t like school, and if there was no way to get there they wouldn’t have to go.”

However, MMHS student Mellie Villota responded to his allegations with a laugh, “Mr. Ross is responsible for this. He was driving very badly and hit that pole.”

MMHS student Sally Pinklady echoed Villota’s report adding, “We got on the bus and he started driving like a crazy person!”

Ross is currently in the process of filing a report with the MMPD for further investigation, whereas Villota expressed no interest in pursuing legal action.
“Me personally? No.  It was an accident. But I do think he may have a drinking problem.”

All injured parties are reportedly in stable condition and on a quick path to recovery.

“The smoke has ruined my clothes and now I sound like a 60 year old smoker!” Villota added.

The field trip has been rescheduled for later this semester.

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