Bay Bridge lanes closed after tour bus catches fire

Several westbound lanes of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge were closed to traffic late Tuesday morning after an out-of-state tour bus caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A bus driver pulled over in the bridge’s cantilever section, 50 feet before the s-curve, after flames and smoke were spotted billowing out of the rear of the vehicle at 11:30 a.m., according to CHP Officer Kevin Croncke.

The fire was extinguished by the San Francisco Fire Department.

No passengers were aboard at the time and no injuries were reported, according to Croncke.

Three of the five inbound lanes were closed while the fire was extinguished, snarling inbound traffic.

Traffic at 12:15 p.m. was backed up to the toll plaza. Lanes reopened around 12:25 p.m. after the bus was removed.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

 

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