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DRAMATIC VIDEO: Driver rescues kids with special needs from burning bus

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BROOKLYN PARK, MN (WKOW) -- The quick thinking of a veteran school bus driver in Minnesota saved the lives of four students with special needs.

On their way to Elm Creek Elementary School Thursday, driver Alfred Lewis smelled smoke and noticed it coming out of the bus's heater. He pulled over and quickly evacuated all four students, two of them in wheelchairs, from the vehicle. The whole thing was caught on dashcam video by the Brooklyn Park Police Department.

"[Lewis] did all the right things and that is take it seriously when you smell smoke," said Mark Bruley, a Brooklyn Park police inspector. "Had he thought, 'I can make it back to the stop', it could have been a very different story."

The bus company, First Student out of Ohio, says all of its drivers are trained for such emergencies. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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