Fire engulfs mine bus

Miners have escaped injury after a bus taking them to camp caught fire last night at Coppabella.

The fire reportedly started in the wheel of the bus as it travelled along the Peak Downs Highway, according to the Morning Bulletin.

Bus operator, Greyhound, explained that "the charter service was enroute to Coppabella camp when the coach captain was alerted to an acrid smell.

"While determining a safe place to pull over the captain radioed another Greyhound driver who was following at the time. Once the coach was safely stopped the captain disembarked all 25 passengers."

The ABC reported that all the miners had already left the bus before it caught alight.

No miners were injured in the incident.

The fire was localised to the rear wheel and was soon extinguished with onboard fire extinguishers, however while waiting for emergency services the fire reignited, causing additional damage to the bus.

It is not yet known what caused the blaze.

According to Greyhound, an investigation is already underway and it will use information from the In Vehicle Monitoring System and the maintenance record to determine the cause.

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