The Daily Paper has a great quote on line from the deputy fire chief about “clean burning buses”—as he discussed merits of propane power after a city bus erupted in flamesThursday downtown.
This is the second natural gas-powered bus to suffer a major meltdown in about six months, the “fourth or fifth” in the past five years according to the deputy fire chief.
Propane is reported to be about 2.5 times as likely to catch fire as other buses. With the advances in clean burning diesel, expect to see less support for the “Roman candle” buses.
We called the DEQ to see if a single mushroom cloud from a bus engulfed in flames would offset the clean burning characteristics of propane and the staffer jokingly declined to “get involved.”
No one was injured, but there was little risk of life since few people ride buses anyway.
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