Bus catches fire, delaying motorway traffic

08:20, May 23 2012
Bus fire
A Newlands Coach Services bus on fire.

A bus fire on Newlands Rd caused traffic delays on the Wellington Motorway this evening.

Fire communications shift manager Murray Dunbar said emergency services were called to the fire at 4.37pm on Newlands Rd, near the bus depot.

Traffic was reduced to one lane causing long tailbacks.

Mr Dunbar said the incident caused "a bit of traffic chaos".

Police communications Inspector Paul Jermy said there had been no injuries.

Newlands Coach Services refused to comment on the fire.

Emma Dinsdale-Dette, who lives nearby, said she heard a loud bang like an explosion and looked out the window to see the flames.

She estimated the flames must have reached 5m and the entire back of the bus was destroyed.

"It was pretty damn impressive."

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