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Expressway Coach fire - Letterkenny

  • 06-01-2023 1:07am
    Registered Users Posts: 8,173 ✭✭✭

    An Expressway Coach owned by Bus Éireann has caught fire in Letterkenny Co. Donegal this evening.

    Newstalk have reported that the coach was taking passengers on a service to Dublin.

    Sparks were believed to have come from the rear of the coach which may have the main culprit in starting the blaze.

    There are no injuries reported from both the passengers & the driver. The Fire service in Donegal had evacuated all passengers safely.

    I hope all of those involved are safe and well this evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 504 ✭✭✭91wx763

    And a driver died in a crash near Moate this week as well, RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,000 ✭✭✭Vic_08

    A passenger account from this link:

    The incident in Meath on Wednesday has been reported elsewhere as a medical episode with the driver.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,001 ✭✭✭salonfire

    I'm sure those posters quick to point out the breakdowns suffered by Dublin Coach will be along shortly to give their opinion on this potentially life threatening episode from the state bus company.

    It was very lucky there was so few passengers on board.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,173 ✭✭✭dublinman1990

    I have to ask here what do Bus Éireann from here when a lot of these Irizar SE class coaches are currently in service with Expressway?

    Are Bus Éireann going to do any inspections on these coaches reliability while they are currently in use within the fleet in the near future.

    Would they be known to have defects within them when they're not checked properly for maintenance purposes; I am not too sure whether it would be wise to do some sort of inspection on them just in case something else in them goes wrong. These coaches have been operating in the Expressway fleet for 8 years which isn't known to be a very long period of time. You would very rarely hear of incidents of them going up in flames too often while they are out on their Expressway routes all around the country.

    OTOH; if this incident in Letterkenny was just known to be an one off event for using that particular coach on the service to Dublin. I do wonder whether this incident should be treated as a isolated one as something faulty was showing up inside the engine while expressing no further concern to it's reliability concerns across the rest of it's fleet.

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