(CBS) — There are no reports of injuries after a Megabus caught on fire in the northern suburbs Sunday afternoon.
The Lake Forest Fire Department says it received a call at about 12:15 p.m. of the bus fire on southbound Route 41 between Route 176 and the Lake Forest Hospital entrance. The bus was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.
All of the approximately 40 passengers and the driver got off the bus safely and no injuries were reported. The southbound lanes of Route 41 at Gage Ln were shutdown from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
“When I heard the first boom I was in the bathroom and I came out to a lot of smoke,” said passenger Russicha Watkins.
Lucas Peterson, who writes as “The Frugal Traveler” for the New York Times, tweeted that he was on the bus and took pictures of the bus in flames.
Many of the passengers lost their luggage in the fire.
“I lost everything I owned,” said Meranda Medley. “All my clothes, like everything. I don’t have anything left.”
“I lost everything, my Social Security card, all my clothes because I was trying to move, trying to start over,” said Terry Griffith.
Megabus says the bus was traveling to Minneapolis.
“Safety is our top priority and Megabus.com is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident,” said Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs for Coach USA America.