Probe launched after passengers flee bus blaze on busy city road
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.
SCENE: A passenger bus caught fire on the A96 near Aberdeen International Airport.
Blaze: Two fire crews were called to the incident.