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Dec 1, 2015

Bus Goes Up in Flames Near Georgeville

Employees of Santander, heading to work from Benque Viejo this morning, escaped serious injuries when the bus they were traveling suddenly caught fire.  The incident occurred sometime before six o’clock while the bus was transporting them to their worksite in the Valley of Peace area.  According to Osbando Castillo, General Manager of West Line, an electrical fault may have been the reason why the vehicle went up in flames.  The bus was traveling along the George Price Highway and upon reaching mile sixty its brakes gave way.  While the fire initially started as a result of faulty brakes it quickly spread to the engine before engulfing the bus.

 

Via Phone: Osbando Castillo, General Manager, West Line Bus

Via Phone: Osbando Castillo

“Normally we have a scheduled run at five from Benque that takes the Santander Sugar Factory workers at the Banana Bank Area. At about six o’clock I got a call from the bus driver transporting the workers and he related to me that his bus was experiencing some electrical problems that were causing hazards somewhere in front of the bus. So he pulled over to check what was the problem; he also explained that he saw smoke coming out of the front tires or somewhere underneath coming out of the engine. On his revision he noticed an electrical wire leading up to the engine caught on fire or was beginning to catch fire. So he asked the people the exit the bus cautiously and explained the situation of the bus. The people did so and by the time everybody was out of the bus the fire had advanced into the engine which to him was very difficult to control at this point, despite his efforts to extinguish the fire he was left with the only option which was to call backup from the fire department to assist with extinguishing to flames. So when I reached on the flight the fire department was already on the scene and I noticed that the bus was completely damaged and I inquired about the passengers and I was informed that they were safely taken to their destination and nobody was injured including the driver, so that was very good news for me. The bus was condemned and all efforts was made to get the bus removed from all the major highway and get it from the site. The damage is between twenty and twenty-five thousand dollars. The bus began giving trouble around Orange Gallery that when he saw the smoke and he pulled over right after the curve coming out of Unitedville, heading towards Belmopan.”

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