BUS PASSENGERS travelling from Dublin to Dundalk had to flee the burning vehicle yesterday (Tuesday) morning when fire broke out on the 100X bus as it approached the toll plaza on the motorway outside Drogheda.
The 11 passengers, mostly nightshift workers returning home from the airport, were hastily evacuated by the driver as smoke filled the bus. 'Everyone was very shaken afterwards,' reported Eddie Martin from Dundalk. Eddie and his colleagues had got the bus at 7.30am after completing the nightshift at the airport.
'I was asleep at the back of the bus when I woke up to hear the driver telling everyone to get off the bus. I had to wake one of my colleagues up and also helped a little old lady get off the bus as it was totally clogged with smoke.' There was praise for the driver for the manner in which he led passengers safely away from the scene.
A spokesperson from Bus Eireann confirmed that there was a fire on the 6.40am service from Dublin to Dundalk yesterday morning.
'About half a mile from the toll plaza, the driver noticed smoke and quickly evacuated the eleven passengers, who were moved to a safe distance from the bus.' He said that the driver led the passengers to the toll plaza and that they were later taken to Dundalk on another coach.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.