A sleeper bus carrying 34 passengers suddenly caught fire in the rear when it was traveling on an expressway in southern Vietnam on Thursday, with no one being hurt in the incident.
Police said on Thursday afternoon that they were investigating the cause of the fire that broke out at around 11:00 am the same day on the Trung Luong - My Thuan Expressway section passing through Tan Phu Commune in Cai Lay Town, Tien Giang Province.
Right after detecting the fire, the bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle and evacuated the 34 passengers from it before joining local inhabitants in putting out the blaze but they failed.
|A rescue truck tows a sleeper bus away from the fire accident scene on the Trung Luong - My Thuan Expressway in southern Vietnam, July 13, 2023. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre|
The driver was identified as Nguyen Thanh Niem, a 35-year-old native of Ca Mau Province in southern Vietnam.
Several fire trucks and many firefighters were dispatched to the scene and managed to extinguish the flames in around 20 minutes.
The incident caused no damage to people but the sleeper bus.