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BoltBus bursts into flames on Mass. Pike

A bus was seen in flames on the Mass. Pike Monday afternoon.Richard Stand

A BoltBus burst into flames Monday evening on the Massachusetts Turnpike in West Newton, causing a three-mile traffic delay that lasted over an hour, State Police said.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., the bus was traveling on the eastbound side of the Pike when it caught on fire near the 124 mile marker, according to State Police. There were no injuries reported.

The eastbound side of the highway was shut down just afer 5 p.m. to allow Newton firefighters to extinguish the fire and for the bus to be moved off the highway, causing the traffic delays, said Trooper Matt Guarino, a State Police spokesman.


The bus was moved westward on the eastbound side to a tractor trailer lot near Route 30, forcing State Police to close that side of the highway for safety, Guarino said.

One lane on the eastbound side reopened after about 20 minutes, according to another State Police spokesman, Sergeant Tom Ryan. By 7 p.m. all three lanes were reopened, he said.

The westbound side was never shut down, but was impacted by a “curiosity factor,” Ryan said.

The bus’s 46 passengers were escorted to two other buses, one BoltBus and one Peter Pan bus, which transported the riders to their destinations, Ryan said. The origin of the bus and its destination were not known to authorities.

There was also no information available on the cause of the fire Monday night.

The debris had been cleaned up off the highway as of 7:30 p.m. Monday, Ryan said.

Watch video of the fire:

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Posted by NECN on Monday, May 11, 2015