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Bus catches fire after dropping off children from function with PM

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

A Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) bus, which took children to a function attended by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday, caught on fire in Debe later that day.

The 33-seater Higer bus, driven by PTSC bus driver Harripersad Baboolal, began burning after the driver dropped off children and parents who attended the Children's Gift Outreach Programme at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

The incident occurred around 4.30 p.m. when Baboolal was driving north along the SS Erin Road.

Baboolal, who was alone at the time, reported hearing an explosion and seeing smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

General manager of Marketing and Communications at PTSC Carl Ramdeo said damage was done to the left back wheel well of the bus.

He said all PTSC buses were equipped with fire extinguishers.

Ramdeo said PTSC's chief engineer David Bartholomew told him the bus could be repaired and should be back on the road in two weeks.

He said an investigation has been launched by PTSC engineers and operations personnel to determine what caused the explosion and fire. The bus was taken to the PTSC compound in San Fernando for repairs.

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