CapMetro inspects dozens of buses after one catches fire

Austin

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — After a Capital Metro bus caught fire on US 183A in Cedar Park Tuesday morning, the transportation agency decided to pull all of the buses from the same model series to reinspect them.

The bus was not in service at the time and was heading to the Leander station when the fire started in an engine compartment at 6:27 a.m., CapMetro said. No one was injured. 

CapMetro President Randy Clarke says due to the mechanical failure, they’re pulling “every bus from that model series off the road and are doing an in-depth review.” 

A spokesperson for the agency says this impacts 28 buses that are the Model 9100 series. These buses are mainly used for the Metro Express routes. By 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, the agency said it had already inspected 25 of the Model 9100 buses and put them back into service.

In total, CapMetro has 368 MetroBuses and 55 MetroRapid vehicles in its fleet

The fire shut down 183A northbound at Scottsdale Drive, which is south of East Crystal Falls Parkway, for most of Tuesday morning. The toll reopened just before noon.

“We used about 1,000 gallons of water to put that fire out,” said Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger. He added that diesel fuel leaked from the bus and a cleanup crew has been hired to mop it up.

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