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Update: 21 escape burning bus

First is Jaime Zuchotzki great video of the burning bus on Hwy. 97C and at the end of Jamie's video we added Maria Macdonnell's drive-by video.

Everyone on-board a Greyhound bus travelling towards Kelowna was able to get out safely after the bus caught fire and burned near the Pennask Summit on Saturday afternoon.

The bus suddenly caught fire after leaving Merritt and heading east on the Okanagan Connector.

After the driver stopped, everyone on board was able to exit the bus safely.

"It happened around noon," says Greyhound Spokesperson Timothy Stokes. "There were 21 passengers on board, all were evacuated safely and we're glad that there were no injuries during the incident."

Eastbound traffic was delayed as emergency crews dealt with the situation. There was little that could be done for the bus and the trailer it was pulling however, as the flames quickly consumed the vehicle in front of hundreds of witnesses.

"No packages of any sort were in the trailer, so there was no damage in that," says Stokes

Greyhound sent a relief bus after learning of the incident and were able to pick up all 21 passengers and send them to Kelowna.

Now, officials are trying to find out why it happened.

"At this time, the cause of the incident is under investigation and we are in touch with local law enforcement as they conduct an investigation into it," says Stokes.

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