A bus from the company Flixbus caught fire on Thursday 14th November 2019 in Paris, on the inner ring road. The vehicle fire caused disruption.
The fire broke out in the middle of the afternoon, Thursday 14th November 2019 on the inner ring road in Paris. A bus from the Flixbus company ignited , after having parked on the side of the road, important plumes of black smoke. There is one injured.
— Metronum (@Metronum) November 14, 2019
41 evacuees, one lightly injured
The fire was declared “for a reason still unknown” according to the company Flixbus at the back of the bus at 14:30 on the ring road. “The passengers and the driver were able to get out of the bus right away,” he told Paris news , which confirms Siddiq, a passenger who told of the fear and panic on board . At 3 pm, the bus was charred, despite the arrival of firefighters, who extinguished it.
There were ten of them on the spot to extinguish the fire. According to firefighters, “41 people were evacuated, one was slightly injured, supported by firefighters”. According to our information, the injured person is “a passenger panicked because his belongings burned with the bus.”
— Siddiq-Baloch-BRP (@Siddiq_bugti) November 14, 2019
Peripheral closed from the Quai d’Ivry
Travellers have posted images on social networks, from the road and via IDF Traffic Info . The bus was on the Paris- Grenoble route and left at 2 pm from Bercy. The traffic is very disturbed, confirms Sytadin , in the direction of Ivry Quai to Ivry: “Following the fire of a vehicle on the ring road, it is closed at Quai d’Ivry”, without duration determined.
At 4pm, a lane was reopened to the traffic, very complicated between the door of Bercy and that of Bagnolet. the journey time is estimated at 1:15 instead of 15 minutes. Bus passengers were to be driven back to Bercy, their starting point, where “a bus is ready to pick up all the occupants,” the company told us. “A solution will be proposed to them. ”
Two recent accidents with Flixbus
Flixbus indicates that the bus that was “operated by a partner on our behalf”.
Flixbus says that “an investigation will be conducted jointly by Flixbus, our partner and the local authorities to determine the exact causes of the fire.”
At the beginning of October, a bus of the company was lying on the highway, between Narbonne and Toulouse, making a death and 17 wounded. At the beginning of November, another Flixbus was lying on its side, on a highway of the Somme , making 33 wounded.