40 passengers, driver escape bus fire in Aichi


A fire destroyed a bus on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, on Saturday morning, but the 40 passengers and driver were able to get off in time and no one was injured.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. Sankei Shimbun reported that the bus was completely gutted by the fire which started in the rear engine.

The driver of the bus, operated by JR Tokai Bus Co, stopped the vehicle when he heard an alarm go off, indicating engine trouble. He got off the bus and saw smoke and flames coming from the rear engine compartment.

The driver ordered everyone off the bus and called 110 to report the fire. It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the fire.

A spokesperson for JR Tokai Bus said the bus had left Nagoya at 7:45 a.m. bound for Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station.

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Bloody hell, what a grim situation well handled.

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Hats off to the driver for paying attention to a warning signal and acting appropriately.

i suspect many regular car drivers have continued to plough on to their destinations despite dashboard warning lights thinking 'I'll check when I get there'

I know I have.

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Must've been pretty scary !

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Well done driver and emergency services!

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It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the fire.

In a bus?

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That must have been quite a engine fire to completely gut the bus like this. Kudos to the driver for getting everyone off the bus quickly, though.

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