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Fire Destroys NJ TRANSIT Bus; No Injuries Reported

MARLBORO TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- NJ TRANSIT says a bus driver and eight passengers safely escaped when a bus caught fire while traveling on a major highway in central Jersey.

The fire occurred early Sunday as a bus traveled southbound on Route 9 in Marlboro Township, spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said.

The driver noticed smoke coming from a rear wheel and pulled over. The driver then saw flames in the rear wheel well, and the bus was quickly evacuated.

This NJ TRANSIT bus was destroyed in a fire in Marlboro Township on Feb. 15, 2015. (credit: Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company)

Firefighters soon extinguished the blaze, but officials say the bus was destroyed.

The bus had departed from the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan and was headed to Lakewood. The eight passengers aboard were put on another bus to complete their journey.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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