Bus Carrying College Students Catches Fire in Collin County

No injuries reported

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 8:22 PM CDT
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The men's and women's Austin College basketball teams had a rough start to their trip to the airport when their charter bus burst into flames on U.S. 75 near Anna.

Catherine Ross, Frisco Reporter

The men's and women's Austin College basketball teams had a rough start to their trip to the airport when their charter bus burst into flames on U.S. 75 near Anna.

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A tour bus carrying students from Austin College caught fire and closed a North Texas freeway Thursday.

The bus was traveling southbound on U.S. 75 near County Road 442 in Collin County when it caught fire. 

The driver was able to pull to the side of the road and all of the passengers, who were members of the Austin College basketball team, were able to exit safely. As a precaution, one of the passengers with asthma was treated for a reaction to the smoke.

The southbound lanes of 75 were closed while firefighters put out the fire, which seemed to be contained to the rear of the bus near the engine.

It is not yet known what caused the bus, which is operated by Roadrunner Charters, to catch fire.

The student athletes were on their way to DFW Airport to fly to a game in Colorado Springs.  

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