It started as a normal day. Kristina was filling in for a bus driver who had called in sick and was making the normal run. Things went well for most of the ride until, while the bus was on the interstate, a student yelled at Buhrman that smoke was coming from behind his seat.
“As soon as I heard there was smoke, I immediately pulled over,” says Kristina. Once pulled over, Kristina evacuated the bus as quickly as she could and ordered the children to stand against the guardrail on the outside of the road. As the children, grades six to eight evacuated, the smoke grew and thickened intensely until the security cameras nearby couldn’t even see the bus.
As she was moving the children along and keeping them in order, Kristina made a 911 call to report the emergency. Her orders to the children to stay against the rail and in line can be heard in the call.
A fire squad soon arrived to douse the now flame engulfed bus and tow it away. The 39 students on the bus were all accounted for and unharmed.
With everybody safe and sound in their homes, the school and especially the children who were aboard the bus have decided to honor Kristina as a hero. Even the Florida highway patrol sergeant had appreciates her efforts, commenting “The bus driver did a fabulous job in getting all those kids off in time.”
Though everybody was uninjured and is now safe at home, an investigation continues as to discover who or what had caused the fire in the first place. However, the important thing is that everyone is now alright.