BRANDON — A school bus full of students caught fire Monday morning on U.S. 301 near Brandon.
None of the students or the bus driver were hurt in the blaze, which started in the rear engine compartment, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials.
The driver and students noticed smoke coming from the engine at about 7 a.m. as the bus drove in the area of U.S. 301 and Causeway Boulevard, officials said. The driver stopped the bus in the middle of the southbound side of the highway, near Windermere Lake Drive, and helped evacuate all 60 students who were on board before calling 911. Firefighters arrived and quickly put out the flames.
The bus was headed to Spoto High School, authorities said. Another bus arrived and took the students to school.
Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental.