A charter bus fire on InteI-24 westbound coming up Monteagle Mountain left 40 U.S. Marines stranded on Monday. The Marines were traveling from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to Nashville for Marine Week.
“Everyone got off,” said Nathan Suchy. “Everyone got all their gear. Everything was accounted for. We made sure we did headcounts probably five or six times.”
The Monteagle Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene to the bus fully engulfed in flames. Chief Mike Holmes said the Marines cheered for MVFD as they rolled up.
The department was preparing for its Labor Day fundraiser when they got the call about the flaming bus. The food purchased for the fundraiser was shared with the Marines, and the group enjoyed cornhole for a few hours.
Grundy County Director of Transportation Billy Moon organized transportation for the Marines with a county school bus, picking them at fire’s location, transporting them to Monteagle, and then to Nashville.