WATCH: Passengers escape from bus fire near Benson
BENSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A bus is on fire near Benson and passengers were seen standing outside Saturday, March 24.
The video was captured by Joe Coleman and posted to Twitter by Tucson News Now reporter Janice Yu along Interstate 10 heading westbound near Benson in Cochise County.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the bus fire is causing traffic delays at mile marker 302 near State Route 90, the road to Kartchner Caverns.
The footage shows the back of the passenger bus engulfed in flames as several passengers are standing outside along the shoulder of the highway. No law enforcement vehicles appeared to be on scene yet at the time the video was taken around 3:00 p.m.
Law enforcement told us later that about 40 people were on the bus at the time and they were able to get off safely. Flames were mostly confined to the rear of the bus where the engine is located, according to our Tucson News Now crew member who saw the charred aftermath.
We've reached out to Arizona Department of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation officials to find out how it happened.
According to the logo on the side of the bus, the owner and operator of the vehicle is Turisbus. According to the company's website, it's a tour operator in Bolivia specializing in cultural and nature tourism in the Bolivian Andean region.
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