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20 Passengers Safely Evacuated From Smoking TOR Bus In Nanuet

A county bus had an engine fire in Nanuet.
A county bus had an engine fire in Nanuet. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A reported TOR bus fire in Nanuet around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday turned out to be smoke coming from the engine compartment of the vehicle, according to Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

The incident, which took place on Smith Street, caused all 20 passengers to get off the bus while the Nanuet Fire Department and the Rockland County Sheriff's Office responded, Day added.

There was no sign of a fire and no melting of any part of the bus, so the fire department considered it a "non-event" and left the scene.

Officials with the Sheriff's office said the driver had extinguished the fire by the time they arrived on scene.

All 20 passengers were put on another bus traveling the same route. There were no reported injuries, Day added.

Day directed Brega Transport, which operates the TOR buses, to immediately report the incident to the Public Transportation Safety Board.

The county has sent staff to Brega to review records, including maintenance and repair. The bus was towed to the Brega facility.

“The safety of Rockland County residents who rely on this bus system is our top concern,” Day said.

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