Cause of Badger Bus fire that shut down Beltline undetermined, officials say

Cause of Badger Bus fire that shut down Beltline undetermined, officials say
Photo courtesy of Erin Lynn
Photo courtesy of Erin Lynn

A Badger Bus fire that shut down the eastbound Beltline on Thursday afternoon has been deemed accidental but the cause is still undetermined, according to a release.

A Badger Bus driver told officials he was passing Fish Hatchery Road on the eastbound Beltline just before 3 p.m. when he smelled an electrical odor, officials said.

By the time the bus got to Park Street, it had lost power, so the driver pulled over to the side of the road. Moments later, he saw flames coming from the front end of the bus, according to the release.

When crews arrived, the bus was fully engulfed in flames, officials said. The fire was put out with a foam-water concentrate before crews cleared debris from the road.

The driver told officials he had been operating the bus since 6:30 a.m. and had had no problems with it before the fire.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but investigators deemed is accidental, officials said.

No one was injured, but the incident temporarily shut down the eastbound Beltline on Thursday afternoon.

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