BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The state Department of Public Instruction ordered an investigation of all Thomas Built buses after a fire on a bus in the Charlotte area earlier this month. An investigation of that fire found the wires on the bus to be worn, which could have caused the fire, according to school officials.
In Brunswick County, 30 school buses underwent an inspection because of that state mandate.
Officials took a closer look under the hood Monday to ensure their fleet of busses is safe for students. They checked to make sure there is sufficient room so that nothing is rubbing together under the hood to cause a short or fire problem.
Transportation Director Bobby Taylor said the district inspects its busses every 30 days already, and his team hasn't found any major issues with the busses in the past few years.
"We're finding things and we make the repairs to them," explained Taylor. "And that's the part that is exciting. We find it before it becomes something serious."
Taylor said the reason they take so much time to look at the busses is simple – keeping the kids safe.
"That's our job. That's what we're focused on and we believe that we're accomplishing those goals," said Taylor.
The bus inspection wrapped up in Brunswick County Monday afternoon. According to Taylor, no problems were detected. The district is expected to release the official results of the inspection Thursday.