Bristol Post

Investigat­ion launched after bus wrecked by blaze


A BUS caught on fire on the A370 Long Ashton bypass yesterday, forcing the closure of parts of the road.

Footage from the scene showed smoke billowing from the doubledeck­er bus, as fire crews tackled the flames.

Police were also in attendance. People were urged to avoid the area.

A spokeswoma­n for Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that there had been no casualties in the incident.

She said it was too early to be able to say if anyone was treated for smoke inhalation because crews are still at the scene.

First Bus says it is diverting its X1 and X8 services via Long Ashton Village.

A statement from Avon Fire and Rescue said they were called to reports of a bus fire.

“On arrival firefighte­rs found one double-decker bus well alight.”

The cause of the fire is thought to be accidental.

Simon Ford, commercial manager, First West of England, said: “A fire broke out on one of our vehicles on the X1 service on the Long Ashton bypass earlier this afternoon.

“The driver and all customers are safe and uninjured and passengers were transferre­d onto a replacemen­t vehicle. There will be a thorough investigat­ion as to the cause.”

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The bus on fire on the Long Ashton bypass

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