LOS ANGELES — Motorists jumped from vehicles to kick open doors and help about two dozen third-graders out of a blazing school bus that had stalled on a busy freeway yesterday, authorities said.
Two children complained of minor smoke inhalation and were examined by paramedics, but the driver and other youngsters were not injured. The 8- and 9-year-olds from Flory Academy in Moorpark were on a field trip headed for the California Science Center near Los Angeles.
The bus stalled in the southbound lanes of US Highway 101 just before 9 a.m. and quickly erupted in flames. Fire spokesman Erik Scott said it took firefighters 11 minutes to extinguish the fire, which gutted the bus.