Passengers return to Charlotte after megabus bursts into flames

Passengers return to Charlotte after megabus bursts into flames

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 12:03 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte-bound Megabus caught fire Wednesday on Interstate 85 near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

The fire began around 11:40 a.m. near Parkertown Mill, and 80 passengers were on board.

No one was injured, Megabus said in a statement.

The passengers arrived in Charlotte shortly after 8:30 p.m. and several told NewsChannel 36 that the fire started as a flat tire.

"The bus driver did a good job getting everyone off. We left our belongings on the bus because we thought it was just a flat tire. Then it started smoking and exploded right before our eyes. It was just burning," recalled passenger Brenda Cameron. "Everything we had just burned up on it. We are lucky to be alive."

Passengers said school buses picked them up from the interstate and took them to a rest area before another Megabus arrived. They said Megabus bought them food and drinks while they waited.

Many of the passengers said they were frustrated because they were promised that a representative from Megabus would be waiting to help with claims at the Transit Center in Charlotte when they arrived.

No Megabus representatives were there Wednesday night.

Some passengers who missed flights due to the delay said Megabus paid for a hotel room in Charlotte. Still, others were angry because they had to scramble to find a place to stay.

The bus was manufactured in 2012 and passed a maintenance check some 2,500 miles ago, the company said.

"Maintenance checks are performed by megabus.com approximately every 10 days and the maintenance facility recently passed a Department of Transportation routine audit," the company said.

Megabus has not commented on the cause of the fire, only stating it is under investigation.

The fire is the latest in a string of problems for the company. On August 2, a Megabus struck a bridge pillar near Litchfield, Ill., killing one passenger and injuring dozens. A Chicago woman died Tuesday when she was struck by a Megabus.

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