Bus Catches Fire in South Bend

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

Turbulent trip! More than 30 Greyhound bus passengers are likely still shaken Tuesday night after a scary scene. The bus they were riding in caught fire just before nine Tuesday morning.

Fortunately, everyone made it out of that bus safely. Some of the passengers on the bus tell us that they weren't sure if they'd make it off that bus in time.

Many smelled smoke and then as soon as they were off the bus they looked back to see flames shooting out from the back. “Only thing I heard was someone yelling from the rear of the bus, saying ‘Stop the bus, stop the bus.’ I didn't know what happened until I got out,” says Willie Lovelady.

Passengers say it all happened fast. First a few smelled smoke, then some were so concerned they yelled to get the bus driver's attention. “I was toward the back, noticed smell and then all of a sudden, someone was like ‘pull the bus over,’” says bus passenger Amber Faught.

The driver pulled off on the U.S. 31 bypass, near Nimtz Parkway. Passengers then scrambled to get off. One woman sitting up front, was the last to exit. “Everybody jumped up, hysterical, only a little aisle, I was the last one to get off bus,” says bus passenger Marteisha Dunson.

Another man was so scared, he jumped from a bus window. “I just came out the window because I didn't feel like there was another alternative. There was a baby in front on me and I wanted to make sure they could get out,” says bus passenger Reginald Green.

Two Transpo buses then took the stranded riders to the Greyhound station t wait for their connecting rides. Sahra Warsame is on holiday from London. Now she has photos of an unexpected adventure, she says she didn't need to have! “I thought it was going to explode, same time trying to get your bags, passport, I had two minds at that point- go back to bus or runaway,” says Warsame.

So while some were inconvenienced for a few hours, Warsame and other passengers agree that the morning could have been much worse.

The only person injured was the man who jumped from the window. He had just had a few bruises and scratches. Fortunately, the passengers were able to get all of their belongings out of the bus.

A spokesperson for Greyhound corporate tells Newscenter 16 that passengers will likely get some type of compensation. Firefighters say the exact cause is still unclear, although they say it likely started in the engine compartment.

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