Fear Factory bus catches fire – video

A bus carrying the members of Fear Factory and their road crew escaped death yesterday morning when their bus caught fire as they were driving down the M1 motorway in Northamptonshire, England.

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares said: “We just finished playing a sold out show in Sheffield England and we were on our way to London Airport to drop someone off. Everyone was asleep except two crew. At about 3:30 am, the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much.

“Everyone was woken up by one of our crew yelling get everyone up and out of the bus. Everyone grabbed there bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going “thank god, we all made it out”. Until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus so our good friend ran back on the smoked filled bus and got him out. Just minutes before the bus was completely in flames.

“Our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers etc. But that’s not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. I hope they saved our trailer with the gear?

“A coach bus picked us up and brought us to a nearby hotel.

“We found out early this morning that the trailer was saved and the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road. They had to scrape up what was left of the bus from the road because it melted into the pavement.”

The BBC report on the fire stated:

A bus with 13 people on board has caught fire on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

The incident happened at about 0300 BST on the southbound carriageway near junction 18. The bus stopped and the people inside were led to safety.

Two lanes of the motorway were closed for a time and then one remained closed while the bus was recovered from the scene.

By 0900 BST both lanes of the carriageway had been reopened.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the blaze at about 0300 BST to reports that the vehicle’s brakes had caught fire.

The fire was brought under control after about 40 minutes.

     

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