We all know that buses aren't always reliable. Sometimes, the buses get stuck in traffic, or they run out of fuel and break down, or they have to make a bunch of detours to avoid the Montreal construction. And, sometimes, they catch on fire.
Yeah, you heard me right. This is exactly what happened to an STM bus this morning. The bus, which was following the 24 route westbound, caught on fire.
Police and firefighters were on the scene, and the southbound lane of St-Denis had to be shut down between Cherrier and Sherbrooke while firefighters fought the blaze.
Eyewitnesses told CBC that, around 7:40 this morning, they noticed smoke coming out from the back of the bus. At the time, there were around 15-20 people on board.
La #STM célèbre cette année 100 ans de bus à Montréal. Pour l’occasion, découvrez, cet été, Montréal en bus grâce à… https://t.co/FYu902snjW— STM (@STM)1561048775.0
The bus, which was following the 24 route, stopped on St-Denis between Cherrier and Sherbrooke. That section of the street was temporarily shut down.
Eyewitnesses who drove by the bus that was on fire said that smoke could be seen from many blocks away.
The driver quickly pulled over and evacuated the bus of its passengers. Luckily, no one was hurt.
No one was hurt but this @stminfo bus looks finished, after a fire this morning on St Denis street near Rigaud stre… https://t.co/zH3LvgVJAd— Kristy Snell CBC (@Kristy Snell CBC)1561466788.0
If you thought your morning commute was painful, just remember that you didn't have to jump out of a burning bus.
It took Montreal firefighters over an hour to fight the blaze, which was finally extinguished at around 8:30 this morning.
The STM does not know what caused the fire on the bus, though they told CBC that an investigation into the matter has been opened.
They will cooperate with the fire department to find the cause of the blaze, and if any news arises from this we will definitely let you know!
An STM bus caught on fire this morning in Montreal. The cause of the fire is unknown, but the STM are investigating the matter. Luckily, no one was hurt.
To read the full CBC article, head to their page here.