Lucas Peterson, a writer for the New York Times travel blog the Frugal Traveler, learned the hard way that “on Megabus, you get what you pay for.”
That was just the first in a series of tweets Peterson wrote as he was evacuated from a Megabus en route to Milwaukee that caught fire shortly after leaving Chicago.
He continued: “Someone on the top deck eventually says: ‘We should get off of this bus.’ So we all get out. People trying to get their luggage. Small fire. Small fire over wheel becomes big; people abandon luggage and get away. Entire thing goes up in flames, series of loud booms.”
“The low-cost bus industry, which has revolutionized transportation for students and other budget-conscious travelers, has racked up an alarmingly high number of fatal accidents and safety violations over the last few years,” the Times reported.
Peterson spoke to some of the passengers on the bus as they waited in a grassy field on the side of the highway.
about 5 hours later, arrived in Milwaukee. Wishing everyone who stayed on bus safe journey to Twin Cities. pic.twitter.com/ldboKmY642
— The Frugal Traveler (@frugaltraveler) February 21, 2016