Fire crews called to double-deck bus blaze near Lhanbryde

Crews from Elgin and Fochabers were call to a bus blaze near Lhanbryde

MORE TRAFFIC GRIEF for motorists on the A96 near Elgin was avoided by the quick actions of a driver on Tuesday when his double-decker bus caught fire and caused a fuel spill.

No passengers were involved in the incident on the road east of Elgin close to the Lhanbryde exit at around 12.40pm.

Confirming that the bus had caught fire while on its way to a garage, a Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed that there were no passengers and no injuries.

Eleven firefighters rushed to the scene aboard two appliances form Elgin and Fochabers, with a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman saying that the fire had been extinguished by the bus driver.

“The driver had used a dry-power fire extinguisher to douse the fire, while crews used a thermal camera to check the vehicle over before leaving the scene.”

Police added that the bus was removed from the scene soon after although motorists were warned to take additional care in the area due to a minor fuel spillage.