Watch: Dramatic footage as double decker bus catches fire

An investigation has begun after a double decker bus on its way from Derry to Belfast caught fire yesterday.

The bus was travelling on the M22 just after 5.30 about 40 minutes after it began its journey.

The Ulsterbus in flames on the M22

The Ulsterbus in flames on the M22

A Translink spokeswoman said the driver got all the passengers out of the vehicle and called firefighters.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the bus was well alight when firefighters reached the scene.

They added that the bus driver sustained a cut to her hand while trying to remove the fire extinguisher.

Andrew Page, 31, who was travelling on the bus said as they were heading towards Randalstown “a car overtook the bus and got the bus drivers attention”.

“He said there was smoke coming from the back of the bus, so we immediately pulled in and evacuated the bus,” he said.

“The next bus coming along, one that was going to Magherafelt, pulled in beside us and after a couple of minutes were put onto the other bus and left at the Castledawson roundabout. Before we left the police and Fire Service had arrived.”

Mr Page, a Quality Consultant, said he “did not notice a burning smell on the bus although others said they had”.

He said he was “waiting at the Castledawson round about for about an hour”.