Watch: Two videos of the Oxford Bus Company bus on fire on the A40 at Headington

The Oxford Times: A photo of the bus fire from reader Tiago Lucas A photo of the bus fire from reader Tiago Lucas

A sliproad has opened on the A40 following a bus fire, but there are still heavy delays.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service was called to the Oxford-bound carriageway just before the Thornhill Park and Ride at 3.56pm.

The fire on the bus was put out and nobody was injured.

The slip road from Wheatley on to the A40 has now reopened following the earlier fire.

The M40 slip road is still closed according to traffic reports.

Oxford Bus Company has said its services to London and its airports will divert via Watlington while its U1 service will be unable to serve Wheatley and will terminate at the Green Road roundabout.

  • Video from reader Luke Hnat

  • Video from Tiago Lucas

An Oxford Bus Company spokesman said; “One of our U1 Brookes Bus services from Wheatley was approaching the Green Road roundabout when the driver noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

“He immediately pulled up and got all the passers off  safely before the bus burst into flames. The fire brigade was called to put out the fire.

“As soon as the vehicle is taken to our depot an inquiry will be held to find out what happened.”

 

The Southern Bypass has also seen huge tailbacks due to roadworks.

Drivers are also queuing on the M40 after an accident blocked off one lane.

The accident happened on the northbound side between Bicester and Cherwell Valley Services.

Thames Valley Police has said it was not called to the incident.

 

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4:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

gas465 says...

Hope everyone is ok!
Hope everyone is ok! gas465
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jmallen100 says...

I am relieved to learn that no one was injured as I feared that it was a fatal accident. Disappointing to read that, if true, Thames Valley Police didn't attend as it seems unnecessary to have closed the A40 for so long and caused such A40 chaos in the Friday rush hour. Surely the fire could have been quickly been put out and the vehicle put out. And earlier notification and opportunity to take a diversion been given ?
I am relieved to learn that no one was injured as I feared that it was a fatal accident. Disappointing to read that, if true, Thames Valley Police didn't attend as it seems unnecessary to have closed the A40 for so long and caused such A40 chaos in the Friday rush hour. Surely the fire could have been quickly been put out and the vehicle put out. And earlier notification and opportunity to take a diversion been given ? jmallen100
  • Score: -7

1:59am Sat 7 Jun 14

The New Private Eye says...

Do these hybrid buses have a fault? because every time we have a hot day there seems to be problems, I saw another two of them broke down in the city centre this afternoon
Do these hybrid buses have a fault? because every time we have a hot day there seems to be problems, I saw another two of them broke down in the city centre this afternoon The New Private Eye
  • Score: -7

9:58am Sat 7 Jun 14

davyboy says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Do these hybrid buses have a fault? because every time we have a hot day there seems to be problems, I saw another two of them broke down in the city centre this afternoon
It's not one of the hybrid buses. Just a regular diesel! Reason unknown as yet.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: Do these hybrid buses have a fault? because every time we have a hot day there seems to be problems, I saw another two of them broke down in the city centre this afternoon[/p][/quote]It's not one of the hybrid buses. Just a regular diesel! Reason unknown as yet. davyboy
  • Score: 2

2:50pm Sat 7 Jun 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

And once again the authorities decide to cause as much disruption as possible. Once the fire was out they could have moved the bus and opened the road, but no. This is typical when ever there is an incident on the roads.
And once again the authorities decide to cause as much disruption as possible. Once the fire was out they could have moved the bus and opened the road, but no. This is typical when ever there is an incident on the roads. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -2

8:22pm Sat 7 Jun 14

rowdy says...

Have they not thought of fire extinquishers fitted in the engine compartment ...!!!
Have they not thought of fire extinquishers fitted in the engine compartment ...!!! rowdy
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 9 Jun 14

gans shakes says...

I am glad to read that there was no injuries! The driver of the bus should be commended for their actions to assure the safety of their passengers. Great job!
I am glad to read that there was no injuries! The driver of the bus should be commended for their actions to assure the safety of their passengers. Great job! gans shakes
  • Score: 3

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