GENESEO – New York State Troopers extinguished a sudden engine fire that flared up when the Arc of Livingston-Wyoming bus that was involved in a serious accident Friday afternoon was pulled upright to be towed.
The minor flare-up broke out at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, and though State Police quickly put it out with a handheld fire extinguisher, the Geneseo Fire Department still responded to the scene and sprayed the damaged front of the bus.
“When a vehicle is really damaged like this we can unplug the battery,” said Geneseo Fire Chief Andrew Chanler on scene. “Still, when it gets moved something can get jostled and start to burn.”
According to news partner 13WHAM, the Arc bus was heading east on Rte. 20A when an SUV getting off 390 north did not yield the right of way to the bus and crashed into it at about 2:30 p.m.
The bus flipped onto its side, injuring multiple passengers. The bus was coming from a group home in Geneseo and being transported home. Their first stop was in Lima.
The accident, which occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. has resulted in both on ramps at Exit 8 shutting down. At least 4 ambulances were called to the scene. 13 people were injured.
Traffic is still closed on 20A in both directions at the scene of the accident. The I-390 northbound ramps are also shut down at Route 20A. Traffic is being detoured around the area. Southbound traffic can still exit.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)
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