Bus catches fire on Tuen Mun highway

April 12, 2016 12:26
Passengers had a lucky escape after a bus caught fire on Tuen Mun Road Monday morning. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

A bus carrying dozens of people caught fire suddenly on a Tuen Mun highway on Monday, prompting the passengers and the driver to flee the coach and scramble for safety. 

The incident took place at around 8 am as the bus, operated by Kwoon Chung Motors, was heading toward the Hong Kong Science Park in Tai Po.

According to Apple Daily, there were 39 passengers on board, all heading for work at the Science Park.

As the bus was passing through Tsing Lung Tau on the southwest coast of New Territories, some passengers noticed a strange smell and saw smoke coming from the rear of the coach.

They immediately alerted the driver, a 42-year-old surnamed Fung, who then pulled over and called the police.

Meanwhile, all the passengers made a hurried exit from the vehicle and moved far away from the scene.

Soon afterwards, the bus was swallowed up by flames with heavy black smoke going up to the sky.

Fortunately, neither the passengers nor the driver sustained injuries in the incident. The terrified passengers were picked up by another bus later.

Firefighters took about 20 minutes to put out the fire after arriving at the scene.

The police blocked part of the Kowloon-bound road for a while, causing huge traffic congestion during the morning rush hours.

Firefighters suspect the fire was triggered by overheated components, but an investigation is still ongoing into the incident.

The vehicle involved in the accident had been registered in 2007.

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