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bwest
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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  11:43:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If any of you have been following my posts you know I think propane is the way of the future. I know that some of you don't watch the other forms on this site so I try to bring them over here when they have something to do with what we have been discussing here. Even though I know this is going to be used as a reason to not go to propane, here it is anyway. I just hope these media types get their facts straight. Looks like the reporter here did a little leg work, by going to the BB & Roush sites, though.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/19/blast-shakes-east-ridge/

bwest
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United States
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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  2:07:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After having time to think about it and looking at the pictures I think the "explosions" the witnesses were hearing were the front tires.

Bryan
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JRob
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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  2:11:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit JRob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I believe follow up reports noted that the "explosions" were attributed to the tires blowing due to the fire. Honestly, the cause could be electrical or any of the various liquids that are flammable under the hood of a bus. I've even seen a brake dragging cause a fire. Nothing about the damage there specifically points to propane as the cause (see linked fire photos from a bus last week in TX).

http://www.12newsnow.com/story/23097801/school-bus-fire-leads-to-crash.
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bwest
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United States
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  08:38:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is another story on this. This says the tire were the explosion that people were hearing. It also states it was owned by a company in Indiana and it was going to Georgia for repairs.
http://www.wmctv.com/story/23170196/school-bus-damaged-by-fire-at-propane-tank

Bryan
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tigger2
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USA
281 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2013 :  11:01:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The driveaway company is from just north of us and all they do is move units from place to place the bus was probably still owned by Blue Bird or a school district and was being returned for repairs.
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bwest
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  11:44:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tigger2

The driveaway company is from just north of us and all they do is move units from place to place the bus was probably still owned by Blue Bird or a school district and was being returned for repairs.



OK, that explains a lot. My outside parts rep from Central States was here and we couldn't fathom why a bus company would be returning their unit clear to Georgia for repairs. I'll be that the place in Georgia has a propane company that works on them for BB. I'll also bet the drive away company didn't make it all the way to their destination and had to come back to have some repairs done.

Bryan
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Wolf0r
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USA
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Posted - 08/22/2013 :  10:30:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They were covering this story up and deleting post like mad on FB.
Somebody probably left a fitting loose or it had a leak. Why would they be filling again in Tennessee if it came from GA? Is the mileage that bad? Or was the bus leaking? I bet we never find out, LOL. I thought it was suspect that a Indiana drive-away owned the bus. We can guess where it was headed. Hiding it don't fix it, nor does exposing it. Lots of people with bricks in their pants.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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bus a groove
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67 Posts

Posted - 08/22/2013 :  12:18:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here was a story published today
http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Green-School-Bus/News/2013/08/22/Wheel-end-assembly-cited-as-source-of-school-bus-fire.aspx
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Crown
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Posted - 08/22/2013 :  5:13:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Crown's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bus a groove

here was a story published today
http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Green-School-Bus/News/2013/08/22/Wheel-end-assembly-cited-as-source-of-school-bus-fire.aspx


Looks like support for a little less paranoia out there.

We had a fuel return line on top of an engine pop loose on a new bus while on a route and thoroughly spew liquid propane all throughout the engine compartment. Needless to say, and thank God, nothing happened.
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bluebirdvision
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USA
992 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2013 :  06:22:29 AM  Show Profile  Click to see bluebirdvision's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Blue Bird did NOT delete the story off facebook.

Shane Kirley
New York Bus Sales Delivery Driver. (I know its not much, but its a start)


Facebook Page: Blue Bird Corporation Fans
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_212311114614&ap=1


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Wolf0r
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USA
2177 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2013 :  1:32:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bluebirdvision

Blue Bird did NOT delete the story off facebook.

Na it was a Bb fan thing. Anyway good news that it was something simple. I admit being skeptical still of propane safety. We don't do propane here so that explains my ignorance on the subject. Other than piddling with the fork truck it's propane. The Media made me do it.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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bwest
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United States
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Posted - 08/26/2013 :  06:53:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wolf0r

quote:
Originally posted by bluebirdvision

Blue Bird did NOT delete the story off facebook.

Na it was a Bb fan thing. Anyway good news that it was something simple. I admit being skeptical still of propane safety. We don't do propane here so that explains my ignorance on the subject. Other than piddling with the fork truck it's propane. The Media made me do it.



Wolf, this stuff's a lot easier than that fork truck you work on and definitely easier than a modern diesel!

Bryan
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Wolf0r
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USA
2177 Posts

Posted - 08/26/2013 :  12:28:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe I should come by there and drive one Brian. I got some ancestor records to pull over in Wabash and Saline Co, Ill.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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bwest
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United States
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Posted - 08/28/2013 :  09:28:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I don't know how that would work but your dealer should have access to one at some point in time.

Bryan
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