SINGAPORE: A Five Stars Express coach travelling from Ipoh to Singapore caught fire along Malaysia’s North-South Highway early Sunday (Jul 12) morning. No one was injured, according to a passenger who spoke to Channel NewsAsia.
Michelle Lim, a passenger on the bus, which was travelling from Ipoh’s Jalan Bendahara to Golden Mile Complex in Singapore, told Channel NewsAsia she smelled burning odour about three-and-a-half hours into the journey at 1.30am. She said there were about 20 passengers travelling on the coach.
“At around 2am, the bus driver sensed something was wrong and pulled up along the round shoulder,” she said. “The driver ordered passengers to disembark from the bus after thin smoke was seen inside the bus. The passengers disembarked in an orderly fashion and the bus driver’s assistant helped retrieve belongings from inside the bus as well as from the luggage hold.”
She added: “After we got out, the bus caught fire and was engulfed in thick smoke – and both the driver and his assistant were pouring buckets of water to put out the blaze.”
Although most passengers retrieved most of their belongings and luggage, some left their passports behind in the coach, according to Miss Lim.
At 2.30am, another coach, operated by TransStar, arrived on the scene to pick up Ms Lim, her husband and two other passengers. The rest of the passengers remained at the site waiting for other buses to pick them up.
Channel NewAsia contacted the tour operator that handles Five Stars Express services in Singapore, One Travel & Tours Pte Ltd, but they could not yet comment on the incident.