IN PICTURES: Metrobus catches fire on busy Istanbul road
ISTANBULA metrobus caught fire on one of Istanbul’s busiest roads on March 24, luckily causing no casualties.
The 26-meter-long “Phileas” metrobus, which was purchased from the Netherlands by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality for 1.2 million euros, was engulfed in flames amid mid-afternoon traffic, moments after it departed from the bus-stop in the Şirinevler neighborhood on the E-5 highway, in the direction of the Avcılar neighborhood.
The driver immediately evicted the passengers after he noticed the smoke, Doğan News Agency reported.
Firefighters arrived on the scene, but were unable to put out the fire before the metrobus was completely destroyed.
Municipality officials said an investigation had been opened to find the cause of the fire.