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Bus Travelling from New York Catches Fire

A bus that originated from New York City recently caught fire and eventually exploded outside of Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Video released later showed fire and smoke coming from the Bolt Bus during the evening rush hour. The windows were also blown out in an apparent explosion.

No injuries were reported to any of the 47 passengers onboard the bus at the time of the fire. The fire was extinguished and the passengers were placed on another bus, according to company representatives. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Although dramatic incidents like this happen infrequently, fires can ignite on buses and other vehicles. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the culprits are often underlying mechanical or electrical issues. Fires may also start as the result of a crash.

Avoiding fires and explosions

To prevent fires, all vehicles — including buses — should be regularly serviced and inspected for oil, gas or fluid leakage and general mechanical soundness. They should also be checked for loose wires or other electrical issues, such as fuses that blow repeatedly.

If flames are spotted — or if a driver or passengers smell burning rubber or plastic while riding on a bus or other public transit vehicle — they should take immediate steps to prevent disaster. Pulling over to a safe location as quickly as possible is the first course of action, and then drivers should immediately turn off the engine of the affected vehicle. Everyone should evacuate and move well away from the area before calling emergency services to ensure their safety should the fire spread or generate an explosion.

After a public transportation accident in New York or the surrounding areas, you may find a need to seek compensation from the parties responsible. For further information and guidance, work with the experienced bus accident attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson.

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