A Malta bus driver has been called a ‘hero’ after ushering passengers off his bus before it burst into flames.
Eyewitnesses, including a number of tourists who were on the bus, praised his ‘quick-thinking’ as he calmly made sure everyone got off safely.
Transport Malta also thanked the driver for his bravery.
A spokesman told 89.7 Bay: ‘According to preliminary reports, the driver acted swiftly and followed emergency procedures, thus avoiding further repercussions from the accident.
‘Transport Malta is glad that all passengers managed to alight the bus before the fire spread.’
The drama happened on Friday afternoon at around 2pm.
The packed bus was heading from Sliema to Cirkewwa on route 222 when the flames erupted as it headed past a petrol station on Mosta Road in St Paul’s Bay.
Firefighters from Xemxija fire station arrived at the scene minutes later and put out the flames.
Malta Police confirmed no one was injured.
Transport Malta said they are investigating how the fire started on the bus, which was owned by Malta Public Transport.
Dramatic photos of the blaze were captured by the Bugibba-Malta.com business website.
Large plumes of black smoke were seen billowing from the bus, which was completely destroyed by the flames.
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