Transpo investigating how a full double-decker bus caught fire

By Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen, January 17, 2019

OC Transpo is examining a burned-out double-decker bus to find out why it caught fire while loaded with passengers in the city’s rural southeast Tuesday morning.

Troy Charter, the director of transit operations, confirmed at a press conference that it’s the same bus that went off an icy road and struck a hydro pole in 2013. But he also said bus No. 8010 has been in service safely since, and it’s too soon to speculate on a cause.

An investigation will likely take several days.

Passengers on Route 222 tweeted dramatic images of the blaze that engulfed the bus after 70 to 80 passengers were evacuated just west of Carlsbad Springs.

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