All 18 occupants (16 teens and two chaperones) were able to get off the bus without injury
June 30, 2018-Crown Point Fire and Rescue was called to assist Indiana State Police early this morning after an Illinois church bus caught fire on Interstate 65. According to a statement from Indiana State Police, a bus owned by Herscher Christian Church in Herscher, Illinois was southbound on I-65 near the Lowell exit at approximately 12:54 a.m. The driver of the bus, Sue A. Stevenson of Herscher, Illinois, reported that she saw sparks coming from the right rear tire. “As Stevenson pulled the bus over onto the right shoulder the right rear tire caught fire. All eighteen occupants (sixteen teenagers and two chaperones) were able to get off the bus as the fire quickly spread through the rear of the bus; within minutes the bus was fully engulfed” the report states.
Trooper Justin Hansen and Midnight Blue Towing were able to transport all the occupants to an establishment at the Lowell exit where they were able to make arrangements to get home.
South bound I-65 lanes in this area were closed for approximately two hours for extinguishing the fire, clean-up, and removal of the bus.