Power line falls onto bus carrying 62 students - WNEM TV 5

Power line falls onto bus carrying 62 students

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A view of the power pole that fell along side of the bus. A view of the power pole that fell along side of the bus.
Pinconning school buses. Pinconning school buses.
PINCONNING, MI (WNEM) -

High winds brought scary moments for dozens of parents and students in Bay County.

What's assumed to be a live power line fell on top of their school bus on the way to school. A bus driver transporting 62 students to Pinconning schools stopped in her tracks at around 7 a.m. Thursday.

Pinconning Schools Superintendent Mike Vieau said the bus driver, who didn't want to be identified, did all the right things.

"The bus driver signaled in, called the bus department and they said everyone needs to stay on the bus," said Vieau. "They did, help came from our local fire department and Consumers Power."

Firefighters called to the scene said the rubber from the bus tires grounded the bus, preventing everyone inside from being electrocuted. However, they said if anyone would have stepped off the bus, the results could have been deadly.

Firefighters took the power line off the bus and brought it back to their station where they plan to cut it up into sections and give it to the kids as a reminder of how dangerous power lines can be and to always stay away.

"Consumers came, they took the wire off the bus, the kids are safe, everything turned out very well," said Vieau.

As for what caused the power line to come down, the superintendent thinks gusty winds may be to blame. Whatever the reason, he applauds the heroic bus driver for responding the way she did and the students for staying calm and patient throughout the scary ordeal.

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