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A tour bus stalled and caught fire in the carpool lane of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in La Verne but the passengers got out unhurt. Photo via OnScene.TV

A tour bus stalled and caught fire in the carpool lane of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in La Verne but the passengers got out unhurt, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The mishap was reported on the westbound Foothill Freeway just west of Fruit Street at 11:36 p.m. Sunday, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. The incident was first reported as a stalled tour bus, with people out of the bus walking in lanes, the CHP said.

Thirty-eight passengers got off the bus and lined up against the center divider, Kimball said. No injuries were reported.

A SigAlert was issued shutting down all lanes of the westbound Foothill Freeway so that the passengers could be safely moved to the right shoulder to await another bus from a charter company in Monterey Park, he said.

The closure was also ordered to enable crews to clean up diesel fuel and oil that spilled into a storm drain, the CHP said.

The carpool lane and lanes 1 and 2 were reopened at 4:40 a.m., and the remaining lane was reopened about 9 a.m., the CHP said.

The bus was returning from a casino trip and appeared to be from the W&H charter firm, a news videographer reported from the scene.

—City News Service

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