Pretoria News

City Putco bus goes up in flames

- SAKHILE NDLAZI

AN EARLY morning bus drama on the corner of Bremer Street and Van der Hoff road yesterday left several passers-by shocked.

A Putco bus on its way to the bus depot sudenly burst into flames.

According to eyewitness­es, diesel was leaking from the engine and pouring out the front of the bus.

The driver was fortunatel­y aware of this so he pulled over as fast as he could and got out.

“We can confirm that a Putco bus caught fire. Luckily there were no injuries,” said Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesman Senior Superinten­dent Isaac Mahamba.

“Hardly a minute after the driver got out, the bus went up in flames. Massive flames,” he told the Pretoria News.

“It happened on the side of the road, so there was no need for any street closures.

“The cause is being investigat­ed by the local police,” he said.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesman Johan Pieterse said the engine of the Putco bus was leaking diesel and the tank caught fire near Bremer Street at about 9.30am.

“Diesel was leaking from the bus and we found traces of it on the road.

“No one was hurt. The driver was fine and unharmed,” said Pieterse.

The fire was later extinguish­ed and traffic was soon back to normal.

However the burnt out shell of the bus remained an attraction to passing motorists and pedestrian­s who stopped to look and take photos.

 ?? PICTURE: POLICE ?? A Putco bus on fire in Bremer Street in Pretoria.
PICTURE: POLICE A Putco bus on fire in Bremer Street in Pretoria.

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