Airport Bus Goes Up in Flames in Highway

A bus carrying 20 passengers burst into flame on the tollway heading to Suvarnabhumi Airport Cargo Monday morning.

BANGKOK — A bus heading into Suvarnabhumi Airport was destroyed after it burst into flames Monday morning.

About 20 passengers quickly exited the bus onto the side of the road just before 8am after driver Ratana Janeraksa spotted smoke coming from the engine compartment. Ratana said he failed to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

“No one was injured,” said Police Capt. Ritthikrai Yomprakon from Lat Krabang Police Station. “The fire started on its own, so we didn’t charge anyone.”

The bus was just about to enter the airport when the fire broke out. Firefighters arrived and took 20 minutes to put out the burning bus, which was consumed by the fire.

Three lanes of the tollway were closed during the incident but have now returned to normal, Ritthikrai said. Officials were investigating the cause of the fire.



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