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Fire ignites in back of MBTA bus
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« on: January 06, 2007, 04:32:37 PM »

Fire ignites in back of MBTA bus (includes video link)

WHDH-TV Boston



BOSTON -- More than 40 people were on board a MBTA bus Friday morning when the vehicle burst into flames.

"It sounded like a huge gunshot," Roger Rodrigue, a passenger, said. "We initially thought it was just a blowout of the tire."

Smoke began billowing out of the back of the bus, followed by flames.

"For 45 seconds, there was no way to get off the bus," Rodrigue's friend and fellow passenger, John Perry, said. "So, everybody was scrambling [and] trying to get off. I was terrified. I didn't know what it was. It could have been anything. I just wanted to get out of there."

Passengers tried to use the bus's emergency windows to escape.

No injuries have been reported. However, the bus driver did seek medical treatment after the incident for emotional reasons.

Investigators are still working to discover the cause of the explosion.

Friday's incident was not the first time flames have terrorized MBTA bus passengers. In Dec. 2005, three buses caught fire at the Hancock Street storage yard. Earlier that same year in October, a blaze broke out on a MBTA bus in Everett. MBTA bus fires have also occurred in Sullivan Square and twice on the Mass. Pike.
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007, 04:39:10 PM »

Hmm, looks like the Neoplans' problems haven't been fully resolved yet...
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 10:52:13 PM »

The fire occurred at the terminus of route 276 on Long Island.  Route 276 is a little-known operation which shuttles homeless persons from Boston to a shelter at a former hospital on the island.  The island is part of Boston but is reached via a causeway from the Quincy neighborhood of Squantum.  Quincy garage operates this route.

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2007, 07:53:28 PM »

I believe its a NABI bus.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2007, 08:27:50 PM »

I believe its a NABI bus.

The bus in question (0476) is a Neoplan AN-440LF.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2007, 09:41:39 AM »

If is was a NABI, then all four wheels would have caught fire.  The Neoplans are CADILLACS compared to the NABI's.  I drive both, and I really don't like that NABI's at all.  They are a cracker jack bus.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2007, 07:16:04 PM »

Wow maybe Fung Wah is operating the MBTA!  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 12:59:06 AM »

Wow maybe Fung Wah is operating the MBTA!  Kiss

Don't give Beacon Hill any ideas... The scary part is that they might take you up on that idea (though the unions are strong enough that hell will freeze over before that ever happens).
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2007, 09:51:32 AM »

According to the NE Transit roster, 0476 is being repaired.
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