LAWTON, Okla._ A school bus with 43 students on board caught fire today on I-44, but, luckily, they all made it off the bus before it was engulfed in flames.
They were part of a caravan on their way from Norman to Cameron University to compete in the state band contest, when the bus started smoking near Medicine Park.
Miraculously, just a couple hours after the fire, the Norman High School band was performing at one of their biggest competitions of the year.
"We took a band vote and we all had the general consensus to go on and perform and do the best we could," said the band's drum major.
Minutes before the bus went up in flames, one band member's father rushed to save as much as he could.
"It was still in the engine compartment when we stopped (on the side of the road), so we felt like we had some time," said Mark Stanley. "Some of the side hatch doors were already opened, so we opened the rest of them and started throwing everything we could get out before the fire spread."
But soon the fire took over every inch of the bus. And because many of the uniforms were lost, they decided to ditch them all together.
But the band was happy with the performance they put on despite having such a stressful day. They were also thankful for the support of other area schools.
"I want to get home and have everybody figure out what they are going to do next," said the drum major.