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News - June 12, 2019

Commuter bus burns on I-280, sparks grass fires near Alpine Road, horse barn

by Rick Radin

Crews from five fire agencies responded to a bus fire and two grass fires that were ignited by the commuter bus, which caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-280 at Alpine Road at 10:35 a.m. June 5.

All three fires were extinguished by 11:10 a.m., said Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Rob Lindner.

The bus, which was under contract to Apple, was consumed in flames and completely destroyed, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The driver was the only occupant of the bus and was not injured, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel.

The CHP closed the two right lanes of the freeway while firefighters were working to extinguish the flames.

The bus fire might have resulted from a blown tire, according to the CHP report.

One of the grass fires was moving toward the horse barn at Strideaway Farms, an equestrian academy located west of the freeway, but was stopped short of the structure and extinguished, according to a witness from the academy.


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