A school bus driver from Maryland saved 20 school children from a burning school bus.
Reneita Smith works as the school bus driver of Glen Arden Woods Elementary. Last Monday, around 4: 45pm, the bus that she was driving along with 20 children passengers caught fire.
But before Branchville Volunteer Fire Company in College Park, Maryland got into the scene, Smith already managed to get the 20 passengers into safety.
Looking at this dashcam footage from the volunteer chief of Branchville's vehicle, the fire looks pretty intense.
The fire grew quickly and intensely, but then Reneita Smith acted intelligently and quickly. The chief spokesperson of Maryland's Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department was impressed and thankful for the effort that the school bus driver exerted.
"We credit the cool and calm actions of the bus driver that prevented injuries to the 20 students on board," Brady said. "She safely evacuated the elementary aged students...while the fire grew quickly in intensity."
Facebook user Fazlul Kabir rushed into the scene, and he spoke with Smith at the scene. There he knew that Smith dragged each one of the 20 kids from the bus "one by one," and then went one one last time to check if everyone was out, while the bus was still burning.
Kabir was thankful of Smith and even wrote on Facebook:
"A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus. Not only Reneita took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning. "I am a mom of two kids. it's my job to save them" she told me. The bus caught fire on 51st ave near Hollywood road about an hour ago. Thankfully, all the school kids went home safe."
The heroic act is seen by Reneita herself as part of her job. "I am a mom of two kids. it's my job to save them."
The quick fire that torched the whole school bus is still under investigation.