State Orders Inspections on All Rear-Engine School Buses

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 CHARLOTTE, NC — School districts across North Carolina are being ordered to inspect any school buses with rear engines.  Five students from Porter Ridge Middle School were hurt on Monday when an engine hose burst, spraying them with hot anti-freeze.

The state warned about the danger from hose fittings splitting two years ago.  The Department of Public Instruction sent letters to school districts today, saying that all Thomas MVP Rear Engine buses operating in any status to transport children must have the anti-freeze to the heaters shut off immediately until inspections and repairs are made.

The fix is to change the plastic fittings to metal ones.  Union County has more than two dozen rear-engine buses.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools don’t have any.