Apple shuttle bus catches fire on Interstate 280, no one injured


A shuttle bus carrying Apple employees from San Francisco to Cupertino caught fire this morning in unincorporated San Mateo County near Menlo Park, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. on southbound Interstate Highway 280 at Sand Hill Road, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

The rear left side of the bus caught fire. Montiel did not know what caused the fire.

No one was injured. Two lanes of the highway were closed for more than an hour and reopened at about 8 a.m.

No other vehicle was involved in the incident, Montiel said.

The employees were transferred to a different bus following the fire.

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7 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

Glad that no one was injured. What kind of safety inspections are required for these buses?

9 people like this
Posted by Liz P
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

The shuttle buses are inspected every 45 days by CHP, per regulations by the DOT. Sometimes shit just happens.

11 people like this
Posted by Poor Design
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm

This happened to a Toyota truck we once owned. It seemed to spontaneously catch fire. Turned out, it was a design error, and insurance companies were booked with claims that year from Toyota Tundras and Honda Passports and Pilots.

Oddly enough, all these fires happened shortly after the first oil change, when the vehicles were new!

Who is the manufacturer of these buses ?

8 people like this
Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm

These bus operators source their equipment from multiple manufacturers.

However, many of these buses are Van Hools, a Belgium-based manufacturer based on observing these buses motoring around the Bay Area.

Van Hool coaches are heavily used in Europe for things like tour buses. Drivetrains for Van Hool buses are sourced from other heavy equipment manufacturers, but the bus itself is manufactured by Van Hool.

Disclaimer: I do not know if the fire-stricken bus was a Van Hool and no one here should automatically assume this is the case.

11 people like this
Posted by tour bus tech
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

This bus is an MCI. Another one caught fire over the weekend on it's way to Reno. The manufacturer knows there is an issue with the tag axle wheel bearings but refuses to address the issue.

9 people like this
Posted by Zalltime
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Zalltime is a registered user.

Why is it that everytime I see one of those buses, I see it flying over the speed limit (~70-75)? We need CHP on the 101 to crack down on these drivers.

20 people like this
Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm


I don't think any vehicle can go 70-75 mph on 101 down the Peninsula during rush hour.

Not sure which dimension you are living in.

7 people like this
Posted by Apple Worm
a resident of Woodside
on Apr 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

"The employees were transferred to a different bus following the fire."

I wonder if they were docked for the time they spent milling around by the road.

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