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Charter bus catches fire with 30 students on board in Lucerne Valley

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. ( — A charter bus transporting thirty students returning from a science camp in Big Bear caught fire Friday afternoon.

It happened on March 23, 2018, at around 2:00 pm, in the 3660 block of Highway 18 at Camp Rock Road in Lucerne Valley.

The bus was transporting 30 students from SLAM Academy Charter School in Henderson, Nevada back home after spending two and a half days at a camp in Big Bear.

According to people familiar with the incident, the bus was descending into Lucerne Valley when the fire started. The driver managed to pull over in time for the students to evacuate the bus. The flames grew larger and eventually engulfed the entire bus by the time San Bernardino County Fire personnel were able to arrive.

Once the fire was extinguished, the bus was a total loss as was all the possessions of the students and staff.

According to a chaperon, they were waiting for a bus from Las Vegas as well as two other buses that were also returning to Henderson after other field trips in Southern California.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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