Tuesday 20 February 2018

Investigation launched after Bus Eireann commuter coach catches fire on M1

A Bus Eireann bus on fire this morning. Picture taken by a passer-by and posted on twitter
A Bus Eireann bus on fire this morning. Picture taken by a passer-by and posted on twitter
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

GARDAI are investigating how a Bus Eireann coach caught fire on the M1 motorway this morning.

The 6.40am Dublin to Dundalk Bus Eireann service was pulled over half a mile south of the M1 toll plaza when the driver noticed that smoke was coming from the vehicle.

The bus then burst into flames. There were 11 passengers onboard but all escaped without injury and were transferred to another bus to complete their journey.

A garda spokeswoman confirmed that officers attended the scene at around 8.30am this morning and that the blaze had been extinguished by about 8.45am.

She said an investigation was ongoing.

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