Natural Gas-Powered Bus Explodes In Sweden After Hitting Tunnel Barrier

A natural gas-powered bus exploded on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday morning and the entire scene was captured on camera.

The bus was out of service at the time and Jalopnik reports that it exploded when a tank of natural gas on the roof hit the barriers on the approach to a tunnel in the center of the city. There were initial fears that the blast was a terror-related incident, but authorities soon ruled that out as a possibility.

It is reported that the driver of the bus was heading towards the start of a route in the northern part of the Swedish city but ended up on the wrong road. Signs at the entrance of the tunnel warn drivers that the maximum height of vehicles permitted in the tunnel is 3 meters (9.8 feet).

The driver of the natural gas-powered bus was rushed to a local hospital with severe burns but, fortunately, no one else was injured. That may not have been the case if the bus was in service and loaded with passengers.

Videos and images from the scene showed the bus engulfed in flames shortly after the explosion. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen across the city.

It’s not uncommon for buses and trucks to fall victim to low tunnels and bridges but usually, the results aren’t as disastrous as this. Perhaps fitting a tank filled with flammable natural-gas to the top isn’t the wisest thing to do in the first place…

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Nasty.
    I like the way the person filming quickly pans down to their groin. Checking to see that they hadn’t pee’d or shat themselves?

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Bumboclot!

  • Ruel Lewis

    And uber was BOOMing.

  • TrevP

    hmmm so the tanks were on the top of the bus and the tunnel wasnt tall enough. So i guess we need to figure out how to re-locate those tanks or simply make tunnels large enough for public transport.

    • Stephen G

      OR know how tall your vehicle is.

    • McFly

      That’s not a tunnel for public transport, which bus drivers in central Stockholm are probably well aware of.

      In order to enter the tunnel you must drive past at least 8 signs that tell you that the max height is 3 meters. Including a couple of the big orange ones visible in the video. Also including passing under (or through, in this case) low hanging bars that indicate the height. It was probably when the bus went through those that the guy filming stopped his vehicle and picked up his phone.

      The driver took a wrong turn and probably stressed out to much to turn or back away against traffic.

      Concerning the tanks, a roof explosion is naturally preferred over an explosion under or inside a bus.

      • TrevP

        Good to know, thanks for the clarification 😀

  • salamOOn

    “Perhaps fitting a tank filled with flammable natural-gas to the top isn’t the wisest thing to do in the first place…”

    this single accident is not gonna change the fact that its the safest place to mount them.

    • LeStori

      Safest and human proof are two different things. It is common for large vehicle to hit objects such as bridges or over passes. So putting a “bomb” on the roof of a Bus is definitely not the safest place.

      • SamBamm

        Having the “bomb” on the exterior, and overhead is exactly what prevented the driver from being instantly vaporized. The blast expand upward into open air, instead of upward into the contained space of a steel box (if it had been under or in the bus).

  • LJ

    I hope whoever was driving the car next to it wore their brown pants that day.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m glad there were no fatalities, from this incident.

  • illogicalPotato

    Vot zee fok?

  • Shobin Drogan

    Frankly unbelievable how nobody died from such a huge explosion, i was expecting at least 10 people.

    • Kagan

      Out of service, no passengers and sunday morning.

  • McFly

    A friend in Stockholm guided me to the right spot.
    This is what it looks like some 50 meters before the tunnel opening on Google Streetview. Hard to miss.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ea5b594f829f4b9463f29b307e5c369ce6a7059e08f0ce9bb481204fc6f214c.png

    • Howfarr

      The person filming probably saw the bus hit that, and thought they’d film the bus hitting the tunnel roof for Youtube views rather than warn the driver.

      • McFly

        Yes, warning the driver would have been the best thing to do.
        How would you have done that?

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Warn the driver? The existing warnings were not enough? I dunno…that driver isn’t very smart.

  • Kagan

    Being city busdriver in sweden is very bad! Low payed and you have to be available a big part of the 24hours day!

  • Chris Kay

    My local bus company was experimenting with buses that were powered by human waste in a bag on the roof of a single decker so thing could have been worst.

  • McFly

    Vatt de fack!?

    (This was in Sweden, not the Netherlands. Nor Germany.)

  • A little bit of paint, and that bus will be right as rain.

  • “fortunately, no one else was injured. That may not have been the case if the bus was in service and loaded with passengers.”

    If the bus was loaded with passengers the tunnel wouldn’t be the bus route anyway.

  • SteersUright

    Wouldn’t there be some sort of biast containment reinforcement around fuel tanks and such? A blast like that should not be able to happen on a mass transit of any type!

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