RAMAPO, N.Y. – A Rockland County bus burst into flames on a highway in Ramapo early Monday.
The driver, who hadn’t picked up any passengers yet, was using Interstate 87 to get to his regular route when he smelled smoke about 6 a.m. and pulled over, according to Susan Meyer, spokeswoman for the Rockland County Public Transportation Department.
He called for emergency assistance and exited the vehicle before flames began erupting from the engine.
According to Meyer, the bus had just been inspected by the state Department of Transporation.
Responding to the scene were firefighters from Monsey and two other departments, Meyer said.
Ramapo police, state police and the county sheriff’s department also responded, she said.
The fire is under investigation by the state Passenger Transport Safety Board, Meyer said.
Several lanes had to be closed while the fire was put out and the heavily damaged bus towed away.
The bus driver was not injured, Meyer said.
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