FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Some Fluvanna County students had a dramatic start to their first day of the school year Thursday morning.

Officials say bus 9 caught fire around 8 a.m. Thursday, August 9, closing both lanes of Route 15 at South Union Mills Road.

Firefighters say all of the students were safely evacuated thanks to the bus driver's quick thinking. From there, they continued on to school.

The fire is believed to have been caused by mechanical issues.

School officials say they will be contacting the parents of affected students throughout the day.

08/09/2018 Release from the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office:

Palmyra, Va. --The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, other Fire and EMS first responders, and school officials responded to a vehicle fire around the 18000 block of James Madison highway.

The fire was a result of a school bus that caught fire, while in transit with students to school. All students are safe, and are at school. The school is contacting the parents of affected students throughout the day.

No further information at this time.

If anyone has any information on the above incident should contact Captain Von L. Hill of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office at 434-589-8211.

08/09/2018 Statement from Fluvanna County Public Schools:

This morning on the way to school approximately at 8:00 a.m. bus 9 experienced mechanical difficulty.

All students were evacuated safely and have been transported to school.