Firefighters have extinguished a bus on fire on Monday evening, as it caught alight on a busy street near Sydney’s CBD.
The bus caught fire on Parramatta Road in the inner-city suburb of Glebe, with emergency services called to the scene at around 6pm on Monday.
Firefighters were quick to respond to the blaze, a spokesperson from NSW Fire and Rescue told Yahoo News Australia.
Fortunately, no passengers onboard the bus at the time of the fire were injured.
“Through the quick action of the bus driver, everyone was evacuated, including the driver,” the spokesperson said.
Operations are ongoing. Initially roads were closed and drivers were told the avoid the area.
Since then two eastbound lanes on Broadway and Parramatta Road in Glebe have reopened.
“The diversion into Derwent St has been lifted,” Live Traffic Sydney tweeted.
“Continue to allow extra travel time while traffic returns to normal.”
UPDATE: 2 eastbound lanes have reopened on Broadway/Parramatta Rd in Glebe after a truck fire at Glebe Point Rd. The diversion into Derwent St has been lifted. Continue to allow extra travel time while traffic returns to normal.
— Live Traffic Sydney (@LiveTrafficSyd) January 11, 2021
People who witnessed the bus alight and the aftermath have shared confronting images to social media.
Connor Wherrett told the Sydney Morning Herald he was on a bus heading in an opposite direction when he saw police shutting the road, adding that five minutes later the firefighters showed up.
On Twitter, Mr Wherrett described the scene as “insane” and shared a video of the bus completely engulfed in flames.
Bus blazing on fire on Sydney’s Parramatta Rd
Hope nobody injured or hurt. pic.twitter.com/ceKG81jExB
— Connor Wherrett (@CSWherrett) January 11, 2021
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