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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Burning bus


Four toll collectors rescued 24 Shrewsbury children from a burning school bus yesterday on the Massachusetts Turnpike, officials said.

No injuries were reported in what authorities suspect was an electrical fire, said Thomas Farmer, a Turnpike Authority spokesman.

The fire occurred as the bus approached the toll plaza from westbound Interstate 90 to southbound Interstate 91, said Francine Dupont, a supervisor at the interchange.

The children, who were about 5 or 6 years old, were headed to Six Flags New England when toll collectors noticed smoke billowing from beneath the bus around 10:40 a.m., Dupont said.

The four toll collectors helped the driver unbuckle the children's seat belts and got them off the bus. The collectors used fire extinguishers at the plaza to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, Dupont said. The children were placed on a second school bus accompanying them.

-- Globe City and Region staff

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