Bus In Washington State Bursts Into Huge Flames On Highway

Illustration for article titled Bus In Washington State Bursts Into Huge Flames On Highway

When I lived in LA, I always avoided the 405 like the plague. And while I can’t really blame the road for this, a bus near Bellevue, Washington burst into flames on the 405 this morning, near the I-90 interchange. I still sort of blame the 405.

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Happily, no one was injured, but the driver and all passengers no doubt had a pretty crappy morning as they escaped the burning bus before sunrise, cowering on the side of the busy highway while they watched the bus burn. That’s a pretty crappy way to start a day.

Washington State Patrol suggests the fire may have started near the rear tire. Since most city buses like this are rear-engined, that seems possible. The scale of the fire could suggest some sort of fuel leak, but nothing is known for sure right now.

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Washington DOT webcams show the flames, which, at least in this one photo, are formed into an almost-perfect three-flame shape that looks surprisingly like the standard ‘fire’ warning icon.

The ramp from the northbound 405 to I-90W is currently blocked, but traffic is being re-routed, and, will likely be cleared soon.


Contact the author at jason@jalopnik.com.

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Picture of the bus before the incident