Bus catches fire on highway near Thetis Lake

No one was hurt when a fire broke out on a B.C. Transit bus that was “deadheading” — driving between locations with no passengers on board — on Friday afternoon.

A motorist managed to get the bus driver’s attention after spotting smoke coming from the vehicle’s rear end as it travelled on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of the Millstream turnoff near Thetis Lake.

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The bus driver pulled over and got out, then was picked up by another bus that was in the area.

Langford firefighters responded and had the fire extinguished by about 2:10 p.m. Two westbound lanes of the highway were closed briefly.

B.C. Transit said the fire was in the bus’s engine.

The bus appeared to be a hybrid vehicle.

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