A bus carrying Dubliners from Dublin’s capital to its far-flung rural suburbs has been diverted to a remote location after a fire on the route left the car on fire.
The fire broke out at about 11:00am on Friday night on the A3 northbound line between the city’s junction with the southbound Dublin Busway.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport (DOT) said the fire was under control by 2:00pm on Saturday morning.
The bus was not stopped, but was diverted to the far-north west of the city.
It is not known whether the bus driver, who is a member of the same Irish Traveller and Traveller Association (ITAA) that was at the centre of the original incident, was injured.
An ITAA spokesman said: “The fire was contained to the front of the bus and the front and back of the vehicle.
The driver has been evacuated to the emergency department and is in stable condition.”
A number of buses and trams on the Dublin Bus Route were affected.
They were operating in the area of the A2 northbound to the north-east of Dublin on Saturday evening.
In a statement, the Department said: It is a common occurrence for fires to occur on routes which are not well maintained.
Firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services were involved in the early stages of the incident and are currently attending the scene.
Fire crews from Cork, Limerick and Limerick were called to the scene at about 9:30pm on Friday.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has now closed all of the Dublin route between Limerick, Cork and Cork City, except for the northbound route which remains open.