Tour bus catches fire on I-880 in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Northbound I-880 is back open Wednesday morning after a tour bus caught fire in San Jose.

The fire was reported around 9:40 p.m. on Highway 880 near Gish Road.

The driver pulled over to the shoulder and evacuated everyone from the bus, then attempted to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee. The group waited for emergency crews to reach the scene and firefighters were able to douse the flames, he said.

Witnesses say they saw fire coming from beneath the tour bus.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, the bus was engulfed in flames. The bus sustained damage throughout the vehicle including the passenger compartment, according to Lee.

16 people were on the bus when it caught fire. They were on their way to a casino, CHP said.

All the passengers made it out safe.

It appears the fire started with a mechanical malfunction and there’s no indication that a crime or an incendiary device was involved, Lee said.

Medina Tours and Charters, a San Jose-based company, owned the bus that was either heading to or returning from a casino, he said.

Multiple lanes of the highway remained closed for about two hours following the bus fire, Lee said.

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