Caught on camera: School bus bursts into flames in New Jersey

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (PIX11) — A driver and an aide made it out just moments before a school bus caught fire Wednesday and was swallowed by flames in New Jersey, police said.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. in Toms River, according to the police department there.

The driver was traveling along Old Freehold Road when they smelled something burning. Sensing there was a problem, the driver pulled over and exited the bus along with an aide.

While the pair waited for help near Old Freehold Road and Dugan Lane, the bus burst into flames.

Fire ripped through school bus No. 279, with flames shooting out of the windows. Dramatic video of the scene was posted to the police department’s Facebook page.

No students were on board at the time of the incident.

The fire was extinguished by the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Company, and an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.