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Officials: 5 students injured after mechanical issue on school bus in Matthews

Published: May. 11, 2015 at 8:55 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2015 at 8:55 PM EDT
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MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - Five students were injured, one seriously, after a mechanical issue on a school bus in Matthews, according to officials.

The incident happened just before 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Mt Harmony Church Road and Stevens Mill Road.

The bus was from Porter Ridge Middle School .Officials said the bus had a mechanical issue that caused antifreeze "to be dispersed" into the passenger area, causing smoke to fill the cabin.

Greg Windeknecht's son was on the bus when the anti-freeze started spilling out.

"He said they were sitting there and some type of steamy stuff, liquid stuff came out from the bottom of the bus. My heart was pounding out of my chest," Windeknecht said.

He says his son's backpack was covered in anti-freeze.

"Thank God, because wherever that backpack was sitting, it probably saved him from being burned too," Windeknecht said.

Windeknecht says Medic rushed a seventh grade girl who was complaining of a burning sensation on her legs to Carolinas Medical Center-Main.

"They had her all wrapped up just waiting to transport her. I talked to the one girl and tried to keep her mind off it or whatever until they transported her away," Windeknecht said.

Two other student were taken to the hospital by their parents. The remaining two students injured did not go to the hospital.

All other students were put onto another bus and taken home.

None of the students' names have been released.

From WBTV's Sky 3, a group of students could be seen off the roadway near the bus, which was stopped in the right lane. One person could be seen on a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance.

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