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A North Carolina bus driver is being hailed as a hero after she hustled six young students from school bus moments before it burst into flames.
Lindora Richardson was driving her normal route Wednesday afternoon when she noticed a burning odor.
“I smelled something and I just knew it didn’t smell right,” she told ABC News Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV.
She pulled over to investigate and smoke began seeping inside.
“As soon as I saw the smoke, I knew it was time to get the kids and myself off the bus,” she said.
Richardson guided the six young children on board to the back of the bus and out the rear emergency exit.
Less than five minutes after they got off the bus, it burst into flames.
Fire investigators told reporters they believe the blaze was caused by an electrical wiring malfunction.
"We are very proud of [Richardson] and for her following proper procedures," said Stalberte, speaking on behalf of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, on Thursday. "It could have taken a very different turn had she not done her job correctly."