UConn bus goes up in flames on way to Boston, 40 students forced out

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(WTNH)–It was a scary afternoon for about 40 UConn students, whose trip to Boston ended abruptly when their bus went up in flames. The students were heading to Boston for a senior cruise, which was organized through a student organization.

Student Ashley Vollmer told ABC News that about 15 or 20 minutes into the ride, she saw smoke on the bus. Vollmer said the bus driver pulled over briefly, but then the ride continued.

She said they heard a loud bang and the driver pulled over again.

There was a lot of smoke as they were exiting, Vollmer said, and as soon as they were all off, the bus caught fire.

The students were forced to stand on the side of the Massachusetts Turnpike while community outreach vans came to pick them up.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was put out around 3:30 p.m., and crews have left the scene.

The students were eventually brought back to UConn, and the event was cancelled.

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