BUS company Redline says Wednesday’s bus fire on the East Tamar Highway was an “isolated” incident.
A bus burst into flames just before 2pm.
A diesel leak in the engine prompted the incident and fire crews were required to control the blaze.
Fortunately, the bus’ only passenger was the driver, who managed to escape injury before calling Triple 0.
The driver managed to drive the bus onto the side of the George Town Road, Rocherlea, where it was tended to by firefighters.
On Thursday, chief executive Michael Larissey said Redline buses were checked every 5000 kilometres and an engine fire was unlikely to occur again.
“Not as far as we’re concerned,” he said.
“We have a very tight program of maintenance. It’s an isolated case.”
We have a very tight program of maintenance.- Redline chief executive Michael Larissey
Mr Larissey said the incident caused $30,000 worth of damage.
The buses are valued at $300,000 each.
Tasmania Fire Service determined soon after that a mechanical fault had caused the diesel leak and the subsequent fire.
On Facebook, Redline praised the driver of the vehicle.
“Our mechanic/driver quickly assisted to limit the damage and was able to minimise it to a minor level,” a statement read.
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