Her bus went up in flame and she had up to 20 children on board when it happened. Any driver in such a situation out there could easily lose his control and forget about how to respond. But this was not the case with this driver. The fire incident seemed to bring the best out of her as she relied on his very quick reflexes to rescue all kids on board. As a result of her action, what could have become a tragedy story turned out to be an impressive rescue story.
Name of the driver is Reneita Smith. She was driving the school bus from Glenarden Woods Elementary School located in College Park, Maryland when the unexpected happened. She suddenly saw fire coming out from under the school bus. It was gradually building up from the rear wheel area.
Once she noticed the fire, she knew exactly what to do. She parked the bus and swung into action. Reneita Smith, the mother of 2, quickly evacuated all the children. She did this without pause. Before abandoning the burning bus, she went back inside to make sure all the kids were actually safe and that there was no kid left in it.
Since the incident occurred, everyone, who learnt about it, had not been able to stop praising this mother of 2 for her heroic display. Fazlul Kabir, one of the officials of the school was at the forefront of the praise singers. He wrote a narrative of of what the school bus driver did on his Facebook page.
Fazlul Labor wrote: “A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus. Reneita [not only] took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning.”
However Reneita Smith doesn’t seem to see any reason for the praises. Rather, she insisted it was her duty to save children, considering the fact that she is a mother too. In her words: “I am a mom of two kids. It’s my job to save them”. She made this declaration while speaking to KTLA after the fire incident.