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School Bus Catches Fire Inside 3rd Street Tunnel

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The entrance to the 3rd Street Tunnel in Northeast D.C., which was closed after a school bus caught on fire inside the tunnel earlier this morning.  
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The entrance to the 3rd Street Tunnel in Northeast D.C., which was closed after a school bus caught on fire inside the tunnel earlier this morning.  

An empty school bus that was being towed caught fire inside the 3rd Street Tunnel between New York Avenue and the Southeast-Southwest Freeway (I-395) this morning, D.C. Fire EMS spokesperson Lon Walls confirms.

"We know at this point that a school bus was being towed and it caught afire," said Walls. "There were no children, nobody on the bus, no driver. There were no injuries at this point, no casualties. The fire is put out now."

There were some people stuck inside the tunnel, and some drivers were forced to abandon their cars inside the tunnel and evacuate.  No major injuries were reported, but two people were transported to the hospital, according to D.C. Fire EMS.

The 3rd Street Tunnel was reopened around 3 p.m. in both directions.

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