A Macon Transit Authority bus caught on fire Tuesday afternoon just after 3 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75.
The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department had the fire under control within a few minutes, but a huge plume of smoke covered the northbound lanes. The Bibb County Sheriffs Office closed the northbound lanes just after the Mercer University Drive exit. A lane was reopened to traffic not long after.
According to a 911 operator, no passengers were on the bus, and a mechanic driving the bus managed to get off the bus without injury.
Rick Jones, executive director of the MTA, said the bus driver had contacted his office to report that the bus was experiencing mechanical difficulties. The MTA dispatched a second bus to continue the drivers route, and while a mechanic was driving the bus back to its headquarters at Terminal Station it caught fire.
The mechanic and a second mechanic following him in a different vehicle tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but the fire quickly spread.
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