Football team's bus goes up in flames on way to Sheldon game
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A bus full of Central Catholic High School junior varsity football players caught fire during the Thursday afternoon commute on Highway 26 en route to a game against Eugene's Sheldon High School JV team.
All of the football players were evacuated from the bus and no injuries were reported. The fire happened near the Jefferson Street on-ramp.
Firefighters received a call just before 5 p.m. that fire was coming from underneath the tour bus. The bus driver evacuated everyone on board.
Firefighters had a difficult time getting to the fire because of rush-hour traffic and also had trouble extinguishing the blaze because of the lack of fire hydrants in the area.
Central Catholic's JV team had a game against Eugene's Sheldon High School at 6:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. At 5:30 p.m., the team was waiting for another bus to pick them up to head back to Central Catholic. By 6:30, Central Catholic tweeted that the game had been canceled and would be rescheduled as soon as possible.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Traffic on Highway 26 was down to one lane near the fire scene, and drivers encountered long delays and long backups during the evening commute.
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