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Coach Bus Bursts Into Flames on Rt. 17

The Ramsey Fire Department fought a fully involved blaze in the rear of a Coach bus out of Mahwah, officials said

A northbound commuter bus being used to train a half-dozen bus drivers caught fire Friday morning, causing substantial traffic on Route 17, according to the Ramsey Fire Department.

Coach Bus 7115, based out of Mahwah, was traveling up and down Route 17 as new drivers were taking turns learning to drive it when the occupants noticed smoke and flames coming from the bathroom at the rear of the bus, according to Ramsey Assistant Fire Chief Randy Sterbinsky.

The drivers pulled over by the Lake Street exit in front of the Pathmark shopping center in Ramsey at about 11 a.m., and all occupants evacuated the bus safely, Sterbinsky said.

No one was injured in the incident, he said.

“The back third of the bus was fully involved,” Sterbinsky said.

Three engines from Ramsey and a crew from Upper Saddle River fought the fire for about an hour and a half Friday, he said.

The bus was being towed away and lanes on Route 17 North were being reopened to traffic by about 12:30 p.m., officials said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Thomas Ulrichs November 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Great Job Randy and the RFD.
Kenneth F Werring November 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Hey, Ass't. Chief Sterbinsky, Always a pleasure to know that you're doing well. Keep it up. Looking forward to hearing you win the Chief's spot. Blessings, Ken
Diane Schwarz December 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Was that bus inspected? I'm sure those new drivers will have 2nd thoughts about driving those buses! I sure have 2nd thoughts about riding in them! At least until they explain how that can happen!
Kenneth Michael Henderson December 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Similar incident in an out suburb of Melbourne Australia this past week. Bus large and totally destroyed.

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