Fullington Bus Carrying Penn State Students Catches Fire
A Fullington bus caught fire tonight while traveling from State College to Philadelphia on I-76, about 40 minutes away from its destination. According to a Fullington representative and a passenger, everyone got off the bus safely, but most of the luggage on the bus was engulfed in flames.
It’s still unknown how the fire started, the Fullington representative said. According to a passenger, the bus had troubles before it departed and underwent inspection at the State College station, but took off anyway. The passenger, a Penn State sophomore, said he and several others reported smelling smoke during the ride. Then, at around 9:20 p.m., the passenger reported hearing a loud “pop” from the back of the bus, and people began shouting “fire!” 10 seconds after the noise. The bus immediately pulled over, the passenger said, and everyone escaped the bus before the fire got as large as you see above. The fire began around the back-right tire of the bus and grew.
“By the time the next bus came to pick us up, the bus was completely engulfed in flames,” the passenger said.
The passengers were put on the other bus and given forms to fill out for luggage reimbursement. This is where the incident occurred:
This isn’t the first time a bus full of Penn Staters caught fire. In March 2013, a Martz bus taking students back to school caught fire about 100 miles outside of State College.
We will update you as soon as we get more details about the incident.
UPDATE, 11/22, 4:51 p.m.: Fullington released a statement about yesterday’s bus fire, saying it is still working with authorities to determine its cause.
According to Fullington, the bus fire started about 20 minutes outside of King of Prussia. Thirty-seven passengers were on board, and they were all Penn State students returning home for Thanksgiving break.
As far as lost luggage, Fullington said it is working with law enforcement and its insurance company to return to the passengers what was lost. Anyone who may have been impacted by the fire and has questions can call Fullington at 814-765-8046.