Aussie volleyball team escapes blazing bus near Borås

A bus carrying a boy's volleyball team from Australia caught fire on Monday afternoon while traveling on highway 40 west of Borås in western Sweden.

The fire, which erupted around 4pm, eventually consumed the entire bus and left several people suffering from injuries caused by the blaze’s thick smoke.

“The driver had time to tell passengers to get out,” said Lennart Cedervärn of the south Älvsborg emergency services to the TT news agency.

A parent to one of the boys on the bus told The Local that the boys on the team were between 15 and 20-years-old and that the players lost nearly all their possessions to the quickly spreading fire.

Two people also received minor injuries to their hands from breaking the back window to exit the bus.

Smoke from the blaze thick enough to cause an additional accident which sent two other people to hospital.

“Three cars collided after they drove into the smoke and slammed on their brakes,” said emergency services worker Bo Sandström to the Borås Tidning (BT) newspaper.

Highway 40 was closed in both directions as emergency crews dealt with the situation, resulting in major traffic delays.

The volleyball team, in Europe to compete against teams from Italy, Slovakia, and Sweden, was on its way to a match in Falköping when their bus caught fire.

It remains unknown what set off the blaze, which came just hours after yet another bus in the area had been destroyed by fire in an unrelated incident.

“It’s pretty weird to have two burning buses in one day. Bus fires are quite rare,” said Sandström.


Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze

Emergency services in Stockholm were continuing on Tuesday morning to tackle a fire that started in a bus depot almost 24 hours earlier.

Stockholm firefighters tackle bus depot blaze
File photo of a fire engine in Stockholm: Pontus Lundahl / TT

The fire, which began at around 10.30am on Monday, is likely to cause problems with traffic diversions and irregular public transport throughout Tuesday, according to SL, the company which runs the capital city's public transport.

“It's still burning and we don't know yet how long we will need to be there. Probably the whole day,” said Hans Eriksson from the Stockholm fire service. “Now we are concentrating on protecting the other surrounding buildings.”

The fire began in connection with work on the roof of the building, which contains a large bus depot and the connected offices.

Eriksson said: “It's an old building with a roof built in a complicated way and construction work, so we haven't wanted to sent people up to the roof and fight the fire from within. That's another reason it's taken longer.”

No buses are reported damaged as most of the fleet were on Stockholm's roads at the time of the fire.

Police have opened an investigation into carelessness endangering of the public.