Chipley High Bus Burns On The Way To Northview

December 2, 2011

A bus transporting Chipley High School’s football team to Friday night’s semifinal game at Northview High School burned on the interstate.

There were no injuries and the team was able to save all of the equipment,¬† Mike Morrison, public information officer for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office told The bus fire began during the 4:00 hour on I-10 at the 74 mile marker near Defuniak Springs.

The photograph on this page was taken as the fire was starting; it engulfed and destroyed  the bus, according to Tracy Hinote, mother of Chipley player Kyle Hinote. She confirmed that there were no injuries and none of the football equipment was lost. She said that several players did lose their personal items on the bus, such as jackets

The team secured another bus to continue to Northview High School.

Pictured: Chipley High School’s bus burns Friday afternoon on I-10 near Defuniak Springs. Exclusive photo for, click to enlarge.


39 Responses to “Chipley High Bus Burns On The Way To Northview”

  1. Justin on December 3rd, 2011 8:30 pm

    The chiefs rull…….Go chiefs!!!!!!!!!

  2. Judy on December 3rd, 2011 10:28 am

    Praises to God for protecting CHS football team!! CONGRATS! Great job CHS!
    Good luck in Orlando, cheering you on.

  3. tk on December 3rd, 2011 6:59 am

    To “Grannywatching”, the comment was based on the one that said it was a sign for them to forfeit and go back home. The comment is uncalled for, our boys and girls could have been seriously injured. We are so thankful that everyone is ok. If this would have happened to the kids from Northview you wouldn’t appreciate the comment either. But you are correct, what goes around comes around…God doesn’t like ugly. Great game by both teams. Both worked hard and CHIPLEY won!

  4. 429SCJ on December 3rd, 2011 6:49 am

    That thought crossed my mind as well. Thank you Lord for preserving life and wellness.

  5. tk on December 2nd, 2011 10:01 pm

    What a game! Played well by both sides! Be proud for each other…lots of hard work and dedication went into this game! Congratulations to the Chipley Tigers! Have a safe trip home. Looking forward to cheering you on at state!

  6. Crystal on December 2nd, 2011 9:25 pm

    Thank God that everyone was able to make it out safe! Everyone that was riding, sure had an angel watching over them! ~GOOD LUCK TIGERS!!~

  7. Blessed on December 2nd, 2011 9:14 pm

    Thank God there was no injuries.

  8. D on December 2nd, 2011 9:12 pm

    I just saw the pics and I’m glad all is well with the students and everyone that was on the bus. God protect them and keep them safe from the crown of their heads and to the souls of their feet in Jesus name. Amen

  9. Carrie on December 2nd, 2011 8:20 pm

    Very thankful that everyone is ok, Go Chiefs!

  10. MicheleG on December 2nd, 2011 7:41 pm

    Wow glad everyone was ok. Sorry but I guess they are fired up now! Sorry couldn’t resist

  11. justgrateful on December 2nd, 2011 7:41 pm

    Thank God no one was injured! That’s good news for a change!

  12. Grannywatching on December 2nd, 2011 7:18 pm

    Whoever ‘KT’ is~ nothing wrong with the “first comment”~ this is all about opinions, she has the right to speak hers same as you do yours. Some might even think the refs were paid off to do what that did with the nitpicking so Chipley would have a better chance of winning. It’s just another game and someone will win and someone will lose. Each to their own! And I do believe in Kharma…,my grandma use to say~ “what goes around comes around”!

  13. AL on December 2nd, 2011 7:15 pm

    Wow…. thank God all the boys are ok!!

    (and another “WOW” for the comments – you do know kids lives were at stake? what would you say if someone said those things about your son standing on the side of the interstate watching his bus burn??? Grow up folks )

  14. To Wow.... on December 2nd, 2011 7:14 pm

    Karma? Chipley high had nothing do to with Sheets. But it is strange.Go Chiefs! I live in Orlando and plan on going to game next week!

  15. class of 02 on December 2nd, 2011 7:07 pm


  16. E on December 2nd, 2011 7:02 pm

    Glad they are all okay! That’s very rude of ya’ll to say mean things after all that happened! Glad God was watching over them! Glad Chipley is so much better than this because no one would talked like this about the chiefs if this would have happened! You guys make yourselves sound REALLY low! That’s sad you would wish harm on another team just because a stupid game!

  17. Willene & Preston Bryan on December 2nd, 2011 6:39 pm

    Thank you Lord for being with the boys and adults on this bus.

  18. nhs fan on December 2nd, 2011 6:34 pm

    This is awful, I’m so glad that the good lord was watching over chipley!!! Hopefully they will arrive safefully at nhs. Good luck to both teams.
    #nhs fan.

  19. Angela Long` on December 2nd, 2011 6:31 pm

    Go Chiefs:) head high sheets!

  20. Patsy on December 2nd, 2011 6:28 pm

    Thank the Lord for the safety of everyone riding that bus and anywhere
    around it. We must seek God’s protection for our children and grandchildren
    each and everyday. Let us forget the thoughts of forfeit games and so on,
    while we are thankful for the safety of everyone.

  21. Rachel on December 2nd, 2011 6:26 pm

    To all the negative pessimistic people that did not want to see Chipley High School be able to make it to the game obviously knew that the Spirit of the Tigers runs deeper than your faith in the Cheifs. I am sad to see that people are more concerned about the record than the safety of the students and parents that were on that bus

  22. Royalist74 on December 2nd, 2011 6:23 pm

    What should matter the most is that all the Chipley players are all okay! Some comments show no concern for the Chipley players. It shows the unsportsman like conduct from some of the people in the area.

  23. molinogirl on December 2nd, 2011 6:20 pm

    Glad no one was hurt. Hope their trip the rest of the way is safe! Go Chiefs!

  24. Brattonian on December 2nd, 2011 6:20 pm

    Kismet, Kharma – how about mechanical failure? No one was hurt. Thank you Lord. Let the best Team win.

  25. Clint on December 2nd, 2011 6:20 pm

    Glad that the Lord was watching over the team tonight and look forward to finals..Best of luck tonight ‘TIGERS’…GO CHS! -clint

  26. wow on December 2nd, 2011 6:20 pm

    Glad all was okay!! Can’t believe the remarks on here about karma and staying home, etc. Really people!!!! Grow up! GAME ON!!!!!!!!!

  27. Chiefs Fan on December 2nd, 2011 6:17 pm

    Glad everyone is ok.. But Go Chiefs!!!

  28. Aaron on December 2nd, 2011 6:17 pm

    Great news that no one was injured and only some personal items were lost.


    GO CHIEFS!!!!

  29. tk on December 2nd, 2011 6:14 pm

    First comment is totally uncalled for. All of the players from each team have worked very hard to get to this game…So thankful that all involved are safe and on their way to the game!

  30. SW on December 2nd, 2011 6:11 pm

    Guess that means the refs got out okay, too.

    Snarky remark, I know, but I couldn’t help myself.

  31. Ryne Barrow on December 2nd, 2011 6:11 pm

    Wow! Hope we don’t get flagged for that one. Sheets had nothing to do with that.

  32. occupant on December 2nd, 2011 6:08 pm

    This just means that Chipley is so hot they set the bus on fire!!!!
    Look out Chiefs!!!

  33. Keith on December 2nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    Glad no one was hurt. This slight delay will give us a few extra moments to introduce ourselves to the Miracle Strip (We Love Freeport And Chipley ) Officiating Association.

  34. Randon on December 2nd, 2011 5:44 pm

    Its a sign for them to just forfeit and go back home! lol

  35. wow on December 2nd, 2011 5:33 pm


  36. so.... on December 2nd, 2011 5:33 pm

    Glad everyone is safe!!!!


    If they had not gotten to the game would they have hd to forfiet!!! Just asking cause I dont know!!!!

  37. Stacey on December 2nd, 2011 5:30 pm

    Hmmm….I could say a lot…but, I will just say GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Danette on December 2nd, 2011 5:30 pm

    Oh my… So glad no one was hurt!

  39. kt on December 2nd, 2011 5:29 pm

    Thank god no one was hurt!! But this is exactly why my kids NO NOT ride the bus, they aren’t safe!

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