Passengers on a Megabus received more excitement than they bargained for on Sunday. The notoriously cheap transport line added value to their $1 rides when one of their buses caught on fire and exploded on a highway outside of Chicago. Documented by the New York Times‘ Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson, who was on the bus when the drama began, the situation is equal parts insane and incredibly scary. Shortly after the bus’ departure, the group had to turn around to get a new bus because there was a problem with the original vehicle.
Then, complete craziness happened. Based on to Peterson’s tweets, one bad thing after another happened within minutes.
Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the accident. If it weren’t for the quick action of the passengers it could have been much worse.
All of the luggage on board was incinerated and multiple passengers lost many if not all of their worldly possessions in the flames. NBC Chicago has the details:
Just after 12 p.m., Lake Forest Fire received a call for a coach bus on fire on the southbound lane of Route 41 between Route 176 and the Lake Forest Hospital entrance, according to investigators. The first crews to arrive reported that the bus was fully engulfed in flames and that all passengers and the driver were off the bus.
After all of that, the kicker is that everyone involved had to get right back on yet another Megabus to complete their trip. Talk about adding insult to injury.
(via NBC 5 Chicago)