Travel bus burns down on Autobahn near Karlsruhe

On early Monday morning a tour bus caught on fire in Pforzheim in Baden-Württemberg, and completely burned after it was evacuated.

Travel bus burns down on Autobahn near Karlsruhe
The completely burned bus on early Monday morning near Pforzheim. Photo: DPA

The reason for the fire was most likely a technical defect, reported police. 

The driver noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment and drove on to a shoulder of the road. 

Together with a colleague and six passengers, he was able to leave the bus on time. 

The fire on the bus, which belongs to a Croatian travel company, began at around 1 am, reported the Pforzheimer Zeitung. 

“Luckily no one was hurt,” wrote police in a statement. 

The damage is in the six figure range, according to initial police estimates. All eight passengers were able to continue traveling from Munich to Karlsruhe in the morning on a replacement bus. 

The A8 towards Karlsruhe was closed for fire-fighting work for several hours, and in the morning was reopened.


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