Bus Catches Fire on the Sunset Highway
September 6, 2013, 12:10 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The bus transporting the JV football team at Central Catholic High School to their game in Hillsboro caught fire on the side of the Sunset Highway just outside the Vista Ridge Tunnel on Thursday afternoon in the middle of rush hour.
The driver says he pulled over when he heard explosions and helped get everyone off the bus safely. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning battery in the engine compartment.
"Fire hydrants that we need so desperately in a situation like this are not as frequent as we'd find in a residential neighborhood or downtown", said Portland Fire Lieutenant Rich Chatman.
"With infrequent hydrants and a lot of traffic, establishing water supply was one of their most difficult tasks," Lt. Chatman added.
Traffic was backed up on Interstate 405 well into the evening. The wreckage was cleared just before 9:00pm.
Central Catholic's game against Sheldon was cancelled. The Blue Star bus was about destroyed.