As if you needed more reasons to be wary of public transportation in this city, a bus in Hongkou District burst into flames yesterday afternoon.
Fortunately, no one was on the No. 55 bus when it suddenly caught fire at around 1:30 p.m. on Siping Road. CCTV News reports that the bus driver had noticed smoke and a strange smell coming from the engine, causing him to stop the bus and tell his passengers to evacuate quickly. He got out to check the engine and found, to his surprise, that it was on fire. He tried using a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, but was unsuccessful, so he called emergency services.
Only a couple of minutes later, here’s what the bus looked like:
Soon after, firefighters arrived at the scene and controlled the blaze.
This kind of thing would never happen in Guangzhou:
But it has happened in cities across the country. However, more often, buses are set on fire by crazed or vengeful arsonists. Like one man who lit a bus on fire in Yinchuan earlier this year, killing 14 passengers; or another man in Hangzhou who set a local bus on fire as an “expression of revenge on society,” injuring 30 people and earning himself the death sentence.
Meanwhile, this fire has been blamed on the engine. Kudos to the bus driver for making sure that nobody got hurt and bringing balance to Sunday.
[Image via CCTV News]