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Driver, 13 passengers escape after Steamboat Springs regional coach catches fire on highway

Steamboat bus fire 1-9-24
Steamboat bus fire 1-9-24
Steamboat bus fire 1-9-24
Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-09 23:24:43-05

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — A driver and 13 passengers were able to escape after a Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) regional coach caught fire on the highway Tuesday afternoon.

The bus left Steamboat Springs around 2:30 p.m. en route to Craig. Around 4 p.m., the vehicle caught fire on westbound US Highway 40 roughly one mile east of the Town of Hayden, according to the City of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat bus fire 1-9-24

City officials said the fire started in the rear wheel area of the coach. The driver pulled over to the side of the road, and everyone exited safely.

A second SST arrived at the scene to provide shelter for the passengers and everyone found alternative rides to their destinations, according to the city.

Steamboat bus fire 1-9-24

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the incident. The city said it is working to keep the regional service on its regular schedule despite being down one coach.

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