University of Alabama students escape injury after charter bus bursts into flames in Mississippi

Jordan Culver, USA TODAY

A charter bus transporting a group of University of Alabama students burst into flames on Interstate 59 last weekend. A video posted to social media captured the drama, and post-fire images showed the burnt-out shell of the bus.

The students were unhurt and made it safely back to campus.

Videos and images posted by Edward Helms on Twitter show the bus on fire on Sunday in Mississippi. The bus was transporting students from the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter from an event in New Orleans, Deidre Stalnaker, director of communications for the University of Alabama, said in an email to USA TODAY. 

The bus — chartered by the fraternity through a third-party company — caught fire in Moselle, Mississippi, Stalnaker said. Everyone on board was evacuated safely and there were no injuries, Stalnaker said. 

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"Alternate transportation was arranged, and everyone returned safely to Tuscaloosa as scheduled," Stalnaker said.

Moselle Fire and Rescue posted images from the fire on Facebook and said the bus was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg reported first responders said the bus caught fire after the bus driver ran over an object in the road. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Charter bus with University of Alabama students bursts into flames