Bus fire ruins trip
Archery team members from Flower Mound School had a harrowing experience on their way to a national tournament when their charter bus caught on fire early Thursday morning near Catoosa.
No one was harmed, but all of the archery equipment and personal luggage was lost in the fire that consumed the bus. The students were on their way to the national Archery in the Schools tournament in Louisville, Ky., which will take place today and Saturday.
Diana Jackson, superintendent and principal of Flower Mound, said the 56 people on the bus, including 15 third-through-fifth-graders and the adult sponsors and chaperones, were asleep at about 3:30 a.m. when there was a loud banging noise from underneath the bus. A parent on the bus noticed flames.
At around the same time, the driver of the bus carrying an archery team from MacArthur Middle School noticed sparks and fire from the back end of the bus in front of him and notified the driver of Flower Mound's bus. Both commercial buses were chartered from Express Charters, with drivers provided by the company.
The driver of Flower Mound's bus pulled over immediately and went outside to check on the situation, along with an adult passenger who is a Flower Mound Volunteer Department firefighter.