Tour Bus Ignites Near Nevada's Hoover Dam

Published March 6, 2012 2:36AM (EST)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say a tour bus leaving the Hoover Dam suddenly caught fire as dozens of tourists were leaving the national attraction.

Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Rose Davis said the bus had exited a parking lot near the Hoover Dam Visitor Center at about 4 p.m. on Monday when the fire started.

Davis says the driver, a tour guide and 59 passengers fled the bus before it was consumed by the fire. No one was injured.

The fire caused some congestion as the attraction closed late Monday.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson says the accident occurred on U.S. 93 near the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the only road connecting southern Nevada and Arizona.

Officials say the bridge remained open and the Hoover Dam would be open to visitors Tuesday.

By Salon Staff

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