Unoccupied school bus explodes in Valley Stream

By | March 13, 2013

An unoccupied school bus parked in a lot near the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Valley Stream exploded into flames Wednesday morning.

Nassau County police responded to the scene, a lot near Cornwell Avenue and East Merrick Road, just southwest of the Westwood train station, after taking a call at 7:09 a.m., a police spokesman said.

“I don’t have any details right now,” the police spokesman said.

An LIRR spokeswoman said the fire has had no immediate impact on trains. One train already had passed the fire location, Marjorie Anders said.

Track inspectors were dispatched to the scene, she said, as a precautionary measure.

A spokeswoman for Veterans Transportation, the Valley Stream company that owns the bus, said no one was injured and confirmed the bus was parked and unoccupied when it either caught fire or exploded.

The woman, who declined to provide her name, said she had no additional details and that the company is awaiting an investigation by fire officials. …

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The Long Island Rail Road (reporting markLI) or LIRR is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island, New York, stretching from Manhattan to the easternmost tip of Suffolk County, New York. It is the second busiest commuter railroad in North America (only recently surpassed by its sister railroad, Metro-North), serving about 81 million passengers each year.[1] Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the oldest US railroad still operating under its original name and charter.[2] There are 124 stations on the LIRR, and more than 700 miles (1,100 km) of track[3] on its two lines to the two forks of the island and eight major branches. Each weekday, the LIRR provides more than 303,000 rides to customers.[4] – Wikipedia

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