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School bus catches fire on LA freeway; all 23 kids escape

March 8, 2018

In this image released by the California Highway Patrol West Valley shows CHP Officer Qayum at the scene where a school bus fire caught fire on CA-101 Los Angeles freeway near Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Nearly two dozen students got off safely. City fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the driver noticed smoke Wednesday afternoon while on U.S. 101 near Woodland Hills. (Officer J. Rodriguez/California Highway Patrol West Valley via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A school bus caught fire on a Los Angeles freeway but all 23 students escaped without injury.

City fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the driver noticed smoke Wednesday afternoon while on U.S. 101 near Woodland Hills.

She says the driver pulled to the freeway shoulder, where four adults helped nearly two dozen kids exit. No injuries are reported.

Television news footage showed the bus engulfed in flames. Westbound lanes were closed while crews doused the fire.

Officials say the bus serves a private school.

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