Just before 7am on Wednesday morning Netcare 911 responded to reports of a vehicle fire on the N1 Western Bypass towards Rivonia in Douglasdale Fourways.

Reports from the scene indicated that a bus had caught alight, setting fire to the trailer.

Fortunately the passengers and crew managed to escape just as the entire bus became engulfed in flames. According to reports, 17 passengers were injured.

The area around the bus was littered with baggage as passengers scrambled to retrieve whatever belongings they could.

Circumstances leading up to the fire are not known, however relevant authorities were on scene and an investigation is taking place.

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(Netcare 911 )