Tucson Unified mechanics worked overtime last weekend to inspect a line of school buses after a bus fire at Whitmore Elementary School last Friday afternoon before school let out.
A team of eleven mechanics worked approximately eight hours Saturday, January 23, inspecting the 32 buses remaining in the fleet that are of the same make and model (2008 Thomas). The mechanics worked in teams of two to inspect every wire and electrical connection along with heaters, hoses and valves.
Dr. H.T. Sanchez, Superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, thanks the mechanics and managers for their commitment to the safety of our students.
“I am proud of the work our district mechanics have done to maintain our fleet. They spent their Saturday inspecting our busses to promote the safe transport of our students,” said Dr. Sanchez.
As reported last Friday, the driver of the 2008 Thomas bus noticed smoke and was able to evacuate before the fire erupted. No children were on the bus, and the driver was not injured. The Tucson Fire Department extinguished the fire quickly, and the bus was towed to the Tucson Unified Bus Barn for investigation. The cause has not been determined.
The bus in last Friday’s incident is a different year, make and model from a bus that caught fire last year. The cause of that fire was traced to wiring on an add-on air conditioner.