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No injuries reported in I-94 bus fire

The front end of a District 622 school bus appeared completely destroyed after it caught fire Tuesday along I-94. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)1 / 2
Firefighters extinguished the smoldering remains of a District 622 school bus Tuesday after it caught fire along Interstate 94. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)2 / 2

Traffic snarled through Woodbury and beyond Tuesday after a bus fire along Interstate 94 cast a black column of smoke into the afternoon sky.

No children were on the District 622 bus at the time of the fire, said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. The driver escaped without injury, Roeske added.

The call for service was received at 3:02 p.m. Roeske said it wasn't clear when the bus caught fire, but noted that fire investigators were looking into the cause.

The charred bus came to a rest in the off ramp at Century Avenue from eastbound I-94.

District 622 serves Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul and a portion of Woodbury.

Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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