A Megabus double decker bus with 80 passengers on board caught fire Wednesday along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia.
The bus fire comes less than a week after a 25-year-old passenger aboard a double-decker Megabus was killed when the bus hit a concrete pillar on an Interstate 55 bridge near Litchfield, Ill.
Passengers told FOX Carolina that a tire blew and as the bus was trying to stop, something overheated and caught fire in the rear of the bus.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Megabus said the bus was a 2012 model and had passed a full maintenance check.
“Safety remains our number one priority,” the company said in a statement Wednesday, stressing that it holds the highest rating available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
None of the 80 passengers or driver were injured but all luggage was lost. Another bus was dispatched to bring the travelers to Charlotte. There is no word on how their luggage will be replaced.
Northbound lanes of the interstate re-opened around 6:30 p.m. The Georgia Department of Transportation said there was a 19-mile traffic back up for most of the day.
Megabus is a discount bus company that just began service in Atlanta within the year.