School bus occupants escaped injury after a fire broke out in the vehicle Wednesday morning in Toms River, police said.
Toms River school bus 279 was traveling on Old Freehold Road near Dugan Lane when the driver smelled something burning, said Ralph Stocco, spokesman for the Toms River Police Department.
The driver pulled over, and along with the aide, exited the bus, which then became fully engulfed in flames, according to the spokesman.
“There were no students on board at the time of the incident,” Stocco said.
Patrolman Michael Cassady and the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Company responded.
The cause remains under investigation.