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Charter bus catches fire during return to Chicago

When we board a commercial vehicle, be it a taxicab or a coach bus, we expect that vehicle is roadworthy. In order to avoid accidents, companies that offer travel services to the public have a duty to ensure that their vehicles are safe for both passengers and all others with whom their vehicles share the road.

Recently, some students from Chicago found themselves in a potentially dangerous situation as they were returning by charter bus from a field trip in Michigan. The bus driver reported pulling the bus over after hearing a popping noise coming from the tail end of the bus. Upon inspecting the vehicle, the driver discovered a fire located at the rear axle. As chaperones guided the students off the bus, the bus driver fought the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

While the passengers were still on the bus, smoke had begun to engulf the vehicle's interior. One passenger stated that some of those on board became nauseated. The passenger said that the bus was on fire by the time the occupants had exited.

Investigators believe that the bus's brakes overheated. Happily, no one was injured and another bus was sent to pick up the passengers. But this situation could have been much more serious. It was very fortunate that no one was harmed by the smoke or fire. A thorough investigation should be conducted to determine the cause of the incident. Bus companies have a legal responsibility to keep their vehicles in safe condition. Should they be negligent in regard to properly maintaining a bus and this negligence leads to the injury of innocent victims, then that company may be held liable.If you are ever harmed in a bus accident, you may find an Illinois motor vehicle accident attorney helpful when attempting to get compensation for medical expenses. The attorney could investigate the event. Depending on the circumstances, he or she may also help you prepare and file a lawsuit.

Source: WZZM 13, "Charter bus full of students catches fire on interstate," Phil Dawson, Feb. 26, 2015