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Heroic Female bus driver rescues 56 students from death

Teresa Stroble moved into action as she heard two 9th graders on their voice screaming about the smoke.

On Tuesday morning, the bus driver from Duncan, South Caroline school contacted the transportation office to call 911 after he had assisted all 56 students-- from Duncan Elementary, Beech Springs Intermediate and Byrnes High School-- off the flaming bus.

The "7-year veteran driver and teacher assistant for [Spartanburg School District 5] did exactly as she was trained and quickly and calmly evacuated all 56 students from the bus, and got them to a safe location," the school district said in an online statement several hours after the incident. "She is a true hero!"

Firefighters got into the scene in time to battle the fire.

"She did exactly what she was trained to do," Superintendent Scott Turner told CBS affiliate WSPA. "She was calm. She kept the students calm. She made sure they were safe. They were her first priority. She's our hero today."

Stroble was able to withdraw all of the students "in under a minute," he later said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. "So grateful for her quick action."

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