Bus bursts into flames at high school; no injuries reported

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a school bus caught fire at a New Jersey high school just moments after several students had exited the vehicle.

The bus was in the driveway of Middletown High School North when it started smoking around 7:20 a.m. Thursday and soon burst into flames . But no injuries were reported.

Students and staff who were already in the school were moved to the rear of the building and remained there until the fire was extinguished. The building’s air quality was also tested before students were allowed to return to class.

The bus was owned by a private carrier who contracts with the district.

Authorities believe a mechanical issue in the bus caused the fire. But the cause remains under investigation.