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School bus catches fire on L.A. freeway

May 19, 2010 | 10:04 am

Two students suffered minor smoke inhalation when a school bus caught fire Wednesday on a Los Angeles freeway, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which engulfed the bus shortly before 9 a.m. on the southbound Hollywood Freeway near Universal City, said Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze in 11 minutes, Scott said. He did not know the victims’ ages, genders or what school they attend.

Passing drivers stopped to help evacuate the students, said Officer Christina Tirado of the California Highway Patrol. She said no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

-- Alexandra Zavis