A Kelowna rugby team abandoned a bus that caught on fire on Highway 97

A Kelowna rugby team abandoned a bus that caught on fire on Highway 97

Students flee burning bus

Some teens were forced to flee a burning bus Tuesday.

The Okanagan Mission Secondary rugby team was returning to Kelowna from Vernon at about 6 p.m. when the bus experienced mechanical failure on Highway 97 near Oyama Road.

“The driver pulled over to the side of the road and smoke was coming from the compartment (hood),” said Brent Penner, Lake Country deputy fire chief.

“He asked the team to evacuate, they grabbed their stuff and the compartment went up.”

Firefighters from the Oyama and Winfield halls responded to the blaze.

“The entire front of the vehicle was in flames when we arrived,” said Penner.

One of the challenges was that all of the windows in the bus were open which provided oxygen.

“The fire had a lot of air to work from,” said Penner.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

“Everyone was OK. They got out of there in time,” said Sgt. Scott Rempel, with the Lake Country RCMP.

RCMP officers were called in to assist with traffic control.

The Central Okanagan School District dispatched another bus to take the students to Kelowna.