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KERENS (CBSDFW.COM) – A school bus driver in a small town in Navarro County is credited with saving 15 children after a fire broke out on the vehicle after a truck slammed into it.
“I don’t think I’m hero. I was just doing what I was trained to do,” said bus driver Sherry Morgan after the pickup truck hit.
Police feared the worst when they arrived on the smoke-filled scene on Highway 31.
“My immediate thought was panic,” said Kerens Police Chief Bryan Miers.
Morgan said she knew immediately after the crash that the children, ranging from middle school to high school age, needed to get out.
“My babies… making sure my babies were safe,” said Morgan. “After I realized what happened I could look back and see smoke.”
Getting the kids out was a life saving decision because the pickup caught fire. Some children were too panicked to move so Morgan calmed them down.
“I had one that was kind of panicking and I just made her focus on me and take deep breaths,” said Morgan.
Everyone exited the bus just in time. School officials were amazed at the outcome
“I thought I can’t believe that our kids are safe,” said Kerens ISD Superintendent Jason Adams.
Morgan, who made sure she was the last one off the burning bus, shrugged off the praise.
Three students were hospitalized with minor injuries as was the driver of the pickup truck who could face charges.
The school district plans to honor Morgan at next month’s board meeting.
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