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Fullington bus headed back to Clearfield catches fire
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
While the action at a casino can heat up, things got a lot hotter for passengers on the way home from Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, N.Y., yesterday when the Fullington Tour Bus they were riding in caught on fire.
According to Jonathan Berzas, chief executive officer of Fullington, he is not sure what caused the fire as the bus was traveling down the road in Bradford near the Zippo Lighter Factory.
"We'll be investigating to see what happened," he said. "And we'll cooperate with the authorities and let them conduct their investigation."
Berzas said the driver called Fullington and advised what had happened and where they were, aside from that Berzas did not know who notified the driver of the fire or how he discovered it.
Berzas said he was at a banquet when he got the news, but the top priority was everyone's safety.
The bus was evacuated and a few people were admitted to the hospital overnight for observation. Berzas said he was heading there this morning to see how they were doing.
Everyone was safely returned home last night as a local school bus contractor in Bradford transported the passengers to the local McDonalds where another Fullington Bus picked them up and brought them back to Clearfield, where the trip originated.
"We stress safety at every meeting," Berzas said. "Our policy is safety first, scheduling second, that's how we do it."
Berzas said there is a safety committee that assures the drivers have everything they will need to make sure they have a safe trip and to make sure the passengers are safe.
The amount of damage to the bus is unknown at this time, but Berzas said the insurance company has been notified and if it is at all possible, they will repair the bus.
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