Passengers' lucky escape as blaze engulfs commuter bus
PASSENGERS had a lucky escape after a Bus Eireann coach burst into flames on a busy motorway yesterday.
The incident happened on the northbound section of the M1, close to the toll plaza near Drogheda, Co Louth, shortly before 8am.
There were 11 passengers on board the 6.40am commuter service from Dublin to Dundalk but all managed to escape the burning bus without injury.
The driver of the bus reported seeing smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle and immediately pulled over onto the hard shoulder and evacuated the passengers. Minutes later the bus was engulfed in flames with thick black smoke drifting across the motorway.
The emergency services were called to the scene and a team from Louth County Fire and Rescue Service brought the blaze under control a short time later. A second bus then arrived to take the passengers on to their destination.
The 2003 vehicle was completely gutted in the fire and was later towed away. It will be technically examined to determine the cause of the fire.
Gardai said they attended the scene at 8.30am and the fire was extinguished 15 minutes later. Bus Eireann said it was still too early to say what had caused the fire.