“Bus driver pulled over, and he thought we’d blown a tire, and he stepped off the bus and looked and there were flames coming off the side,” said Stanford track coach Chris Miltenberg. “He stepped back on, asked us all to get off and we moved pretty quick.”
Traffic was backed up for miles as crews worked to put out the flames.
All 31 people who were on board were safe. A Metro bus picked up the team and took them to an invitational meet at the University of Washington.
Investigators believe that the fire may have been sparked by overheated brakes and a blown out rear tire of the charter bus.