State Troopers from the Millbury Barracks and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES) continue to investigate this morning’s charter bus fire at the interchange between the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 495 in Hopkinton.
The fire destroyed the passenger bus, which is owned by AA Transportation of Shrewsbury. No passengers were aboard at the time of the fire; passengers who had been on the bus had been transferred to another bus earlier in the morning after the driver observed what he reported to be a fluid leak.
After the passengers were transferred to another bus, the operator began to drive the original bus back to the company. On Interchange 11A from the Turnpike to Route 495 he observed smoke and pulled over. Moments later, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the bus became engulfed in flames. Hopkinton firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. The driver, a 34-year-old Worcester man, was out of the bus before the flames spread and was not injured.
The ramp between the highways was closed for two hours.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Troopers from the CVES and investigators from the state Department of Public Utilities, which regulates tour buses, plan to examine the charred wreckage of the bus in the next few days.
No further information is being released at this time.