College students scramble to exit bus fire in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Dozens of college students had to scramble for safety after their charter bus returning from a fraternity event burst into flames on the side of a Mississippi highway.

The bus was heading to Alabama on Sunday afternoon, carrying University of Alabama students who had attended a fraternity formal in New Orleans, according to multiple news outlets.

First responders said the bus driver ran over something in the road that sparked the fire on Interstate 59 near Hattiesburg.

After the driver evacuated the 29 passengers, flames engulfed the bus, with thick black smoke shooting into the sky. Only a burned-out shell of the bus remained after fire crews extinguished the blaze.

No injuries were reported.