Huge fire engulfs double decker bus on busy motorway
A huge fire completely engulfed a double-decker bus on a busy motorway.
There were no casualties but the vehicle – a school bus – was completely gutted by the blaze.
No children were on it at the time and no one is believed to be injured, according to reports.
Flames tore through its windows while thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky and across the road.
Firefighters raced to the scene at 5.20pm today to tackle the blaze on the M27 hard shoulder, between junctions 11 and 12.
The fire, between Paulsgrove and Fareham near Portsmouth, Hampshire, caused severe traffic on the M27.
Three motorway lanes were closed as they battled the inferno, the Evening Standard reported.
The scene was under control by 7pm, but it has not yet been confirmed what caused the blaze.
A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services said: "Cosham, Southsea and Fareham crews were called at 17:12 this evening to a double decker bus on fire on the M27 westbound near Portsmouth between junctions 11 and 12.
“Fortunately there we no casualties as the bus was well alight and heavy black smoke was emanating from the vehicle on the hard shoulder as crews arrived.”
"The motorway was closed as firefighters extinguished the fire using jets and a compressed air foam system."
One social media user tweeted: “Just drove past big bus fire on #M27 on opposite carriageway with huge smoke.
“Back of bus burning and fire engines trying to get through traffic with no hard shoulder.
“Glad I was going in the opposite direction and hope nobody was hurt.
“Can smell fumes in the garden now.”
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