Technical experts from Bus Eireann continue to examine the wreckage of one of their Dundalk buses in a bid to determine what cause the fire that saw the vehicle consumed by flames last Tuesday morning
He immediately pulled the bus over and the eleven passengers that were on board made a hasty exit, just moments before it was engulfed in flames.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Andrew McLinden of Bus Eireann gave the paper on update into the investigation into what could have been a tragedy.
“At this point it is too early to say what the cause of fire is. There were no injuries and the the situaion was dealt with very quickly.
“All 11 passengers were fine. They disembarked the bus and were then taken the short distance to the Toll Plaza were the staff there gave them a cut of tea.”
Mr McLinden says that as he understands it most of the luggage was recovered from the bus, and only a few items from the cabin may have been lost. Mr McLinden says that they have not had any claims yet from any of the passengers in regards to lost property or compensation.
“The bus was taken to the nearest depot, which was Dundalk,” said Mr McLinden. “At the moment our own technical experts are investigating the vehicle. If outside experts are needed they will be brought in.”
The bus itself was effectively destroyed in the fire and could only be sold for scrap. The bus was made in 2003, which would make it middled aged by the Bus Eireann fleet standard.
“Brand new it will have cost in the region of €200,000-230,000.”
It is unclear how long the investigation into the bus will take.
“It depends on the nature of what caused the fire. Sometime they are easier to determine then at other times.”