Early Monday evening, MoDOT shut down select lanes of Interstate-44 at Lindbergh following a school bus fire in southwest St. Louis County.

Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed the bus driver and all students were off the bus prior to the fire.

Rockwood School District officials confirmed the school bus belonged to Lafayette High School. The students on the bus are in the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation(VICC).

Eric Knost, the Rockwood Superintendent, said the bus was contracted from the Durham bus company by the VICC. He said the bus driver noted smoke coming from the engine during the drive and immediately took steps to evacuate all students before the fire.

The VICC and Durham bus company started an investigation into the fire.

As more information becomes available, this story will be updated.

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