A Fullington bus carrying Penn State students caught fire Friday night.
Dan Ronan, senior director of communication for the American Bus Association and spokesman for Fullington Trailways, told the CDT on Saturday that at about 8 p.m. Friday, one of the company’s buses caught fire while traveling east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 20 miles west of King of Prussia.
None of the 37 passengers nor the driver was injured, Ronan said.
“They were Penn State students returning to King of Prussia and Philadelphia for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break,” he said.
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During heavy demand periods of the year, Fullington Trailways schedules extra trips to and from Penn State to accommodate students.
Once the driver and passengers noticed smoke from the rear of the bus, the driver “immediately pulled the vehicle off the road and quickly got the students off and placed them a safe distance away from the fire,” Ronan said.
“We are very grateful for the professionalism and courage this driver showed as it was critical to move quickly and stay calm,” Ronan said in an emailed statement.
The driver of an empty Fullington bus traveling in the opposite direction made a U-turn at the next exit and arrived at the scene within minutes and was able to get the passengers to their destinations a short time later, Ronan said.
In the effort to get everyone off of the bus, luggage and other items belonging to the passengers were either damaged or destroyed, Ronan added.
Fullington Trailways, is working with law enforcement and fire officials to determine the cause of the fire, Ronan said.
They are also working with other entities to return what items can be returned to passengers, and through the company’s insurance, replace the items that were destroyed, a statement from the bus company said.