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GC Schools Come Through For Stranded Marines

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

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.

FullSizeRenderNathan Suchy, a Marine on the bus, said they smelled something burning, and saw smoke coming from the back of the bus. They alerted the bus driver, who pulled over.

“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.