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Fire on bus as it travelled along M2 motorway

Firefighters tackled the blaze on the Goldline bus on Saturday. Picture by NI Road Policing and Safety/ Twitter

A FIRE on a bus as it travelled along the M2 motorway in Co Antrim is believed to have been caused by an "accidental ignition".

Firefighters tackled the blaze on the Goldline bus on the Belfast-bound lane, near the turnoff for Antrim Area Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

None of the 23 passengers onboard or the driver of the Derry to Belfast bus were injured.

The M2 southbound was closed between junctions six and seven as the blaze was dealt with by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

Four fire appliances attended the scene and the NIFRS said the blaze was believed to be due to "accidental ignition".

In a statement, Translink said the driver had noticed smoke at the rear of the vehicle at around 2.20pm.

"He quickly implemented emergency procedures, safely evacuated the bus and called the fire service, who extinguished the fire," a spokesperson said.

"No one was injured."

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