That is not how you want to go about grinding through your commute; but especially when you’re a travel journalist from the New York Times like Lucas Peterson who was just trying to get from Chicago to Milwaukee without everything going up in flames. It sounds like it was a rocky trip from the get-go though, and the road-wearied travelers on board the combustive bus making headlines today, had to pit-stop an hour in to switch buses.
Seems like that whole tag team swap could not have gone any worse. Peterson reported on the incident, and assured his community of readers that nobody was injured, which is damn miraculous:
Summary: we left Chicago, immediately there seemed to be something wrong bc we stopped on shoulder of highway couple times, driver got out.
Then driver said we have to turn around and go back to Chicago to switch buses. About five min later tire blows and we pull over on hwy 41
Driver says it’s just a flat tire, that there’s no need to panic, and goes outside. Minutes later smoke starts pouring out of the bus.
Someone on the top deck eventually says: “we should get off of this bus.” So we all get out. People trying to get their luggage. Small fire.
S mall fire over wheel becomes big; people abandon luggage and get away. Entire thing goes up in flames, series of loud booms.