A Global bus caught fire last Saturday morning on the GC-1 motorway near the main airport, fortunately there were no casualties though tailbacks in both directions continued for hours as “rubberneckers” slowed to see what all the fuss was about.
The Global SU company manages the island’s primary regulated passenger transport service, and it has not yet been confirmed how the fire started.
The flames originated in the engine but quickly spread throughout the vehicle. The incident caused dense black smoke, visible from a great distance.
The company, Global, have reported that the vehicle was relatively new and had passed all mandatory inspections. A short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire.
In the vehicle were travelling 20 passengers and the driver, all of whom escaped unharmed.
The skill of the driver is being hailed as the primary reason a tragedy on this busy highway was avoided, though his name has not yet been revealed. Reports suggest that his calm handling of the situation avoided chaos, as he took preventive measures to bring the vehicle to a standstill, at a motorway bus stop, so as to avoid collisions, taking care to ensure that no members of the public were put in harms way.
The emergency services and Cabildo de Gran Canaria firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire while Guardia Civil took charge at the scene. The firefighters had to be thorough, making use of about 10,000 litres of water.
Guardia Civil are now investigating the causes of the fire.
Smoke from the incident was visible from a distance in the air, with many tourists reportedly becoming worried due the smoke’s proximity to the airport, and to the GC-1 main north-south highway.