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SEPTA bus catches fire, totaled at Penn's Landing

The 15-year-old bus was not carrying any passengers, but the driver was taken to a local hospital for observation.

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A SEPTA bus caught fire Tuesday while traveling along Penn's Landing, officials said.

There were no passengers on the Route 33 bus, according to SEPTA Spokesman Andrew Busch, however, the bus driver was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospitalfor observation.


"We don't know the exact cause of the fire, but it was in the engine compartment," Busch said.

The bus, which was heading for a turnaround between runs, caught fire just before noon.

Busch said flames and thick smoke could be seen wafting from the bus's rear, which is where the engine is located.

Busch said the bus, which was about 15 years old, was totaled.

"We would work to get parts," he said, "but you're not going to see that out on the roads anytime soon."

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