Bus headed to Marine Week catches fire

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – A bus headed to Marine Week carrying approximately 40 Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune caught fire Monday along Interstate 24 near Monteagle.

The fire happened when the bus was traveling near mile-marker 136.

That’s according to the Nashville-based public relations firm handling Nashville’s Marine Week.

Officials say the Marines were safely exited from the bus.

Also, no Marines or bystanders were injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

We have a crew traveling to the scene, and will bring you updates as soon as they become available.

The Marines were traveling to Nashville for Marine Week.

That opens in Nashville on September 7, 2016.

Mayor Megan Barry and U.S. Marine Corps leadership will kick off the five-day event with remarks during the opening ceremony.

Country music singer Darryl Worley, Mike Corrado, Marine Band San Diego and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will also perform during the event.

The opening ceremonies take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

For general information about Marine Week Nashville, please contact Staff Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough at bobby.yarbrough@usmc.mil.

For more information regarding parking in downtown Nashville for Marine Week Nashville events, please refer to this page to review options and prices.

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