Bus transporting Central High basketball team catches fire on I- - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bus transporting Central High basketball team catches fire on I-55

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Three-point shots weren't the only thing on fire for the Central High School basketball team on Tuesday.

"We was smelling something and then we looked to the back and it just caught fire," said Central High varsity basketball player Shelton Parker.

The Memphis Fire Department was called to I-55 near Raines Road where the charter bus was on fire.

WMC Action News 5 learned the bus was carrying varsity boys basketball players and cheerleaders from Central High to an away game at Whitehaven High School.

Some of the players said that after seeing flames on the bus, everyone rushed off.

Fortunately, everyone made it off of the bus safely.

"You have to stay on top of your kids and make sure they are safe," said Central High parent John Stewart. "Especially on those buses."

Stewart says that after the fire, parents banned together and caravanned students from the highway to the game.

"It takes parents to come in and help out," said Stewart. "Coaches and teachers cannot do it all."

One parent added, "It's a blessing they made it off safe."

Students don't deny it, they say that blessing was extra motivation to win the game.

"It's a blessing for us to be here right now," said one player. "Five more seconds, we would have been gone."

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