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Megabus Catches Fire On I-84 As It Travels Through Danbury

A bus is parked on the shoulder of I-84 westbound in Danbury near Exit 4. It appears to have been evacuated. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation
A wrecker begins to tow the bus from the shoulder of I-84. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Updated: DANBURY, Conn. -- A New York City-bound Megabus caught fire as it traveled on westbound I-84 at midday Thursday in Danbury, causing traffic delays, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the News Times .

The burning bus stopped near Exit 4 for Lake Avenue, causing backups to Exit 5 for Route 53/Route 39 for part of the afternoon.

The left rear tire of the bus blew out, then the wheel caught fire and it spread to the side of the bus, the News Times reported.

The passengers, numbering about 50, were evacuated and no injuries were reported, the News Times said.

DOT traffic cameras in the area showed fire personnel near the bus parked on the shoulder near Exit 4. The passengers could be seen standing on the grass nearby.

By about 1 p.m., a wrecker was on the scene to tow the bus, a process that took a couple of hours to complete.

The bus fire was first reported at about 12:20 p.m.

Fire Department spokesman Steve Rogers said the department had units on I-84 for the bus fire as well as on Triangle Street for a truck fire reported at the same, the News Times reports .

Read the full story in the News Times here .

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