Probe launched af­ter pas­sen­gers flee bus blaze on busy city road

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By danny Mckay

AN IN­VES­TI­GA­TION has been launched af­ter a bus car­ry­ing a num­ber of pas­sen­gers caught fire.

Emer­gency crews were called when the rear of the Stage­coach ve­hi­cle ig­nited on the A96 near Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened close to the new round­about.

A spokes­woman for Stage­coach North Scot­land said: “One of our buses op­er­at­ing on the A96 near Craib­stone caught fire shortly be­fore noon.

“The driver im­me­di­ately pulled over and en­sured the pas­sen­gers ex­ited the bus safely. “No one was in­jured. “The fire ser­vice were also called and at­tended the scene.

“Safety is our ab­so­lute pri­or­ity.

“We will carry out a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of this in­ci­dent.”

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice was alerted to the in­ci­dent at 11.18am yes­ter­day.

Two ap­pli­ances were despatched to the scene and ar­rived to find the ve­hi­cle “well alight”.

A spokes­woman for the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said fire­fight­ers used two breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and two hose reels at the scene, and that nine pas­sen­gers were wait­ing for an­other bus. The blaze was put out by 11.48am.

Po­lice were also in at­ten­dance at the scene to as­sist with traf­fic man­age­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Neil Macgre­gor, who rep­re­sents the area, said: “I’ve got to con­grat­u­late the driver for quick think­ing and do­ing the right thing.

“It’s im­por­tant peo­ple re­act well and their train­ing has worked and ev­ery­body has got­ten off safely.

“Ob­vi­ously the sys­tem has worked. The safety of the pas­sen­gers and driver are the main thing.”

Cllr Macgre­gor also thanked the emer­gency ser­vices for their speedy re­sponse to the in­ci­dent.

PIC­TURE BY DARRELL BENNS

SCENE: A pas­sen­ger bus caught fire on the A96 near Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Blaze: Two fire crews were called to the in­ci­dent.

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