San Diego

Thick Flames Engulf Bus on Shoulder of State Route 163

The fire, on the shoulder of southbound State Route 163, snarled rush hour traffic for miles.

Thick flames engulfed a large bus on the shoulder of State Route 163, sending heavy smoke into the air for miles during rush hour. 

The fire broke out just past 5 p.m. on Wednesday near the Kearny Villa Road exit in San Diego's Miramar neighborhood, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said. 

Live video from the NBC 7 chopper showed the flames consuming the MTS bus. Traffic was snarled for miles as crews fought the blaze. 

Officials said there were no passengers on board; the driver was able to escape safely. 

No other information was immediately available.

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