A bus carrying the Emerson College women’s volleyball team catches fire in Mass. Pike to Sturbridge

A bus carrying the Emerson College women’s volleyball team caught fire in Sturbridge on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Saturday morning, officials said.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 79, the Sturbridge Fire Department announced on Facebook.

Firefighters received the call about the burning bus around 10:55 a.m., said Sturbridge Fire Department firefighter and paramedic James Towns.

The passengers on board were members of Emerson College’s women’s volleyball team, according to The Berkeley Beacon, the school’s independent newspaper. A spokesperson for Emerson confirmed the incident happened and everyone was safely evacuated.

Photos shared on Facebook by firefighters show heavy smoke billowing from the bus and severe damage to the rear of it after the flames were extinguished.

The bus driver “quickly recognized the danger” and got everyone off the bus, according to the post.

“The bus driver really made a difference in making sure” passengers got off the bus without anyone getting hurt, Towns said.

There were concerns about traffic as firefighters battled the flames, Towns said. They remained at the scene for about an hour in total, Towns said.

No other information was immediately available.


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