Officials: No injuries after NJ Transit bus catches fire on Route 23 in Pequannock

Officials say no one was injured when a New Jersey Transit bus blew out a rear tire and then caught fire while traveling along Route 23 in Pequannock.



New Jersey Department of Transportation officials say friction from the flat tire caused the bus to catch fire around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.



The bus had just completed its route and was carrying no passengers at the time. The driver was not harmed in the incident.



Dashcam video obtained by News 12 New Jersey shows that police officers pulled the bus over shortly after it caught fire.



The video shows that when the officers boarded the bus they told the driver that the vehicle was on fire. As they were talking to the driver, the bus rolled forward and hit a police cruiser. 



The driver apparently told officers he had recently been diagnosed with diabetes and hadn't eaten anything all day.



NJ Transit officials say the back of the bus was damaged by the flames.



All lanes of Route 23 were temporarily closed at the scene, but were reopened by Wednesday.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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