Owner not sure what caused Springfield bus fire - WSMV News 4

Owner not sure what caused Springfield bus fire

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Eleven people were injured while evacuating the bus. (WSMV) Eleven people were injured while evacuating the bus. (WSMV)
SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

The spokesperson for Safe Harbor of Clarksville, which owns the bus that caught fire Wednesday night, said he had no idea what caused the fire to start.

Kenny Lane told reporters Thursday the driver has been placed on leave while the organization investigates what happened.

Safe Harbor of Clarksville is a nonprofit which provides rides for seasonal workers between Clarksville and the Macy’s warehouse in Portland.

“We still don’t know what caused the fire at all,” Lane told News 4. “A lot of people almost lost their lives.”

Lane said there were roughly 30 people on board when the engine caught fire on Highway 49 just south of Springfield. After the driver drove into a ditch the passengers evacuated and the bus became engulfed in flames. Eleven people were hospitalized with broken bones and other injuries.

Lane said the 18-year-old bus has never had major maintenance issues. He said the organization’s other coach buses will continue to shuttle workers to and from Portland.

“We still got people that depend on us in the community so they can provide for their families at Christmas,” he added. “We can’t just shut down because we had an accident.”

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