Rockwood’s school superintendent is demanding a full investigation of why one of its contracted school buses burst into flames while transporting three dozen students Monday afternoon, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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“Bottom line, this degree of equipment failure is unacceptable,” Superintendent Eric Knost said in a statement Tuesday.
The bus, which was contracted through Durham School Services, was transporting 36 Rockwood students who participate in St. Louis’ desegregation program from the district’s Lafayette High School.
The bus burst into flames on Interstate 44 near Lindbergh Boulevard. The driver managed to evacuate all the students so that nobody was seriously hurt.
“We realize accidents do happen, but we need to know an in-depth investigation will be completed to determine why this occurred and how it may have been prevented,” he said.