The Iowa school district at the center of the fatal Dec. 12 school bus fire that claimed the lives of the driver and a 16-year-old student said it was simply following directions from the state when it updated the vehicle's maintenance repair records weeks later to indicate out-of-service deficiencies were fixed.
A failed turbocharger was to blame for a fire that severely damaged a 23-year old school bus operated by Anderson County Schools last month but that luckily resulted in no injuries.
The National Transportation Safety Board said investigators still do not know why a 74-year-old school bus driver and a 16-year-old student in Iowa were unable to evacuate the vehicle after a fire started in the engine compartment last month.
A fire completely destroyed an Alabama school bus this week, though no one on board was injured.
Checks on all North Carolina school buses are recommended as an investigation concludes that engine wiring was the cause in two school bus fires in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district last year.
The South Carolina Department of Education will purchase approximately 210 new school buses with the $20.5 million in procurement funds that Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed last year.
Surrounding districts are stepping up to help after a fire broke out at the Wyandotte Public Schools bus barn in northeastern Oklahoma and destroyed 10 of the district's 15 school buses.