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Oldham County Middle School honors bus driver who evacuated smoking bus

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There were big cheers in the school's gymnasium as Tim Newton was introduced. There were big cheers in the school's gymnasium as Tim Newton was introduced.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bus driver has been hailed as a hero for his quick actions and, on Thursday afternoon, he was honored by Oldham County Middle School.

There were big cheers in the school's gymnasium as Tim Newton was introduced. He's the charter bus driver who was bringing a group of Oldham County Middle School students back to Kentucky from their class trip to Washington D.C. last week.

It was six in the morning while he was driving through western Pennsylvania when Newton saw smoke.

So he stopped the bus, stood up on his seat and yelled for everyone to get out. Moments later, the bus burst into flames.

"I seen some smoke. I thought it better to be safe than sorry, so I just got everybody off the bus," Newton said.

All 50 eighth graders and five adults got out safely.

Knowing that the outcome could have been much different, the school celebrated Newton's actions today.

The school's principal says the class trip will go on as planned next year.

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