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Passengers flee as smoke, flames engulf tour bus in Savannah

May 3, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A bus tour of Georgia’s oldest city ended with the vehicle engulfed in smoke and flames.

News outlets report passengers were taking a sightseeing tour Friday in Savannah when the bus caught fire. They fled the burning bus near Forsyth Park on the edge of the city’s downtown historic district.

Jim Lucas of Old Savannah Tours told WSAV-TV all passengers on his company’s bus escaped safely.

Roxane Kalis Hamway told WJCL-TV she was part of a different tour group that watched as the bus began spewing smoke that quickly escalated to flames.

She said passengers on the bus didn’t seem to notice at first “so we screamed at them, ‘Hey, your trolley’s smoking.’”

Savannah firefighters extinguished the bus fire. The cause was not immediately known.