ALBUQUERQUE, NM — An ART bus caught fire Tuesday night after becoming disabled on Interstate 20 in northwest Albuquerque, according to KOB4.
The incident occurred on the westbound lanes before Exit 155 to Coors Boulevard Northwest, in the city’s West Bluff area.
Preliminary details indicate an Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus was nearing the end of its route when it began to decelerate. The bus driver said he alerted dispatchers as he pulled over along the side of I-40 westbound.
After disconnecting the battery, the driver exits the bus and observes that the rear side of the bus in in flames, an incident classified by the city’s Transit Department as category one.
Authorities said no passengers were on the bus at the time. No injuries to the driver or anyone else were reported.
According to the Transit Department’s deputy director, Bobby Sisneros, the $300,000 bus, purchased three years ago, has been taken out of the rotation. All ART bus lines are expected to remain in full service.
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