No injuries as bus taking kids to Great America catches fire

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(DEERFIELD) No one was hurt when a bus carrying northwest Indiana students on a field trip to Six Flags Great America caught fire after a tire popped Wednesday morning on the Tri-State Tollway.

A group of about 60 students from Kahler Middle School in Dyer, Ind., were on their way to the theme park in Gurnee when the bus driver heard a “pop” on I-94 near Deerfield Road in Deerfield about 11:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Sara Balmes of the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

The driver exited the tollway at the Deerfield ramp and realized the sound was a blown tire, Balmes said.

The students were evacuated from the bus and taken to shelter out of the rain, Balmes said. No one was hurt in the incident.

After the students were off the bus, a fire began near the rear wheel.

A second bus arrived and took the children to Great America, Balmes said.

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