Egged Bus Catches Fire, Snarling Traffic on Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway

Bus was evacuated and no passengers were hurt in blaze; police call on public to use Highway 443.

An Egged bus caught on fire on Sunday morning on Highway 1, the main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, causing heavy disruptions during the morning rush hour.

Police called on the public to use Highway 443, an alternative route between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The burned Egged bus on Highway 1, Dec. 4, 2011.Emil Salman

The bus has been towed from the scene and Highway 1 has been reopened to travel, but heavy traffic continues.

The bus departed Beit Shemesh for Jerusalem before 7 A.M. It caught on fire near the Neve Ilan interchange. The bus was evacuated and no passengers were hurt.

The bus driver said the fire was caused by a malfunction in the engine.

Also on Sunday, track work shut down rail traffic in southern Israel and Jerusalem. Large crowds were reported at main bus stations throughout southern Israel.

Read this article in Hebrew: האוטובוס הבוער פונה, אך התנועה לי-ם עומדת. הרכבות לדרום מושבתות