Bus fire leaves commuters stranded in the rain outside Indian restaurant

Bus catches fire with passengers on board in Wing on August 26
Bus catches fire with passengers on board in Wing on August 26

Rush-hour passengers were forced to flee a bus this morning after its engine caught fire, leaving them stranded for more than an hour.

Passengers rushed off the 150 from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes outside the Isha restaurant in Wing.

The driver then opened the engine compartment to reveal a fire at around 7.50am this morning.

But some commuters say they were left standing in the rain and late for work because of the problem, and no replacement bus service was provided.

One commuter from Aylesbury, who we agreed not to name captured this dramatic picture.

He said: “A few of us noticed there was a bit of smell of burning, one person opened the window but it just got worse.

“When we all got off the bus and saw the flames coming from the engine we realised how lucky we all had been.”

He added: “I was unhappy to be standing out in the rain, with no replacement service being provided by Arriva, and the next bus not coming for another hour and a half. This was not great customer service, and meant several of us were late for work.

“However this was still preferable to being on a vehicle which was on fire.”

An Arriva spokesman said: “We are currently investigating the cause of the incident that occurred on one of our buses this morning.

“We would like to apologise to all customers involved and the delay to their journey.”