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Disabled students rescued from burning school bus in Leake Co.

Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons
Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: WLBT Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: WLBT
Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons
Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons
Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons Leake Co. school bus transporting disable students engulfed in flames. Source: Miesha Ammons
LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Flames overtook a school bus, and a mother took quick action to rescue the children on board.

An early encounter and one moms rare conversation may have saved the lives of special needs children Monday in Leake County.

"I just thank God he had me in the right place," said Miesha Ammons. "He actually let me see that smoke before they even left."

The mother of two stopped to talk with the driver of her daughter's special needs bus when it began smoking.

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"The smoke came out more and more and the bus driver got off the bus and she said there was a hole in one of the hoses," said Ammons. "And that's when we saw stuff dropping from under the bus, it was was just melting. So we started to pull the kids off. We took them in front of a bush, but then when we saw the fire, we took them inside."

The shaken mother said the driver and bus monitor helped her get the nine disabled students off the bus safely and fortunately, none of them used wheelchairs.

In minutes...the entire bus was in flames.

The 29-year-old said if she had not stopped to talk, the fire could have started while the bus was on the roadway.

"I would like the school district or maybe the maintenance company of the buses just to actually check the buses before they actually put our children on them," Added Ammons. "We want to make sure our kids are safe when we send them away from home."

According to the school district website, the Transportation Department of Leake County Schools is responsible for the maintenance and care of school buses.

Leake County School District Superintendent Billy Wilbanks said a power steering hose on the bus developed a leak and started the fire. He said the bus was one of two sub buses.

Wilbanks said that particular bus had been on the route three or four days.

There are six special education buses in the fleet of about 60 buses.

The school district leader said the buses are inspected quarterly, according to state regulations.

Maintenance records show that the bus that caught fire was last checked April 2nd.

According to the superintendent, no problems were found during that inspection.

Ammons said she had problems breathing later in the day and went to the hospital. She was treated for inhaling carbon monoxide.

The Leake county mother has concerns that no police or ambulance responded and that the children weren't examined.

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