Two escape fire after Arlington school bus wreck on I-30

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Two vehicles and an Arlington school bus crashed on Interstate 30 Wednesday morning in Arlington, forcing police to close most of the eastbound lanes of the highway, authorities said.

Arlington firefighters were called to the scene near Cooper Street about 7:45 a.m.

The bus which was empty caught fire after the crash. The driver and an attendant managed to escape from the bus. The two were taken to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

No other injuries were reported.

All lanes had been reopened late Wednesday morning. Arlington police had been diverting traffic to the HOV lane and one main lane..

A car was eastbound in the HOV lane when it changed lanes onto the main lanes of the highway and hit a PT Cruiser, Arlington police said. The PT Cruiser went off the highway.

The car bounced off the PT Cruiser and hit the back of the school bus, said Tiara Richard, a spokeswoman with Arlington police.

"The bus went off and first hit a concrete median, went back across the highway and struck a pillar," Richard said. "That's when it caught fire."

The drivers of the cars were checked at the scene, but they were not taken to a hospital.

Authorities had estimated that it would be around noon before the wrecked bus could be moved.

Staff writer Susan Schrock contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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