Oscoda Township, Mich. — A number of buses at Oscoda Area Schools have been damaged permanently.
Four buses were the victims of a brutal windstorm last Friday night. An electrical power line broke and started them on fire. No one was injured. Three of the four buses were not in use. The fourth bus was set to be retired next year, but the damage is still a big loss to the school district.
“We do use every single part that we can,” said Tina Ruedisueli, director of transportation at Oscoda Area Schools. “Some of the buses that we have on the road are from the 2000 era, so we use the parts that are on these buses to be able to use them for the future because they’re not making these parts anymore, the manufacturing is just not happening as the buses are being retired.”
The school district plans to tow the buses to a scrapyard. No plans have officially been made on acquiring any new buses at this time.