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Metro Bus Fire And Fuel Spill Torment Fairfax County Drivers

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McLEAN, Va. (CBSDC) — Two separate incidents wreaked havoc on traffic in Fairfax County on Thursday night.

A Metro bus caught fire on westbound Interstate 66 near the Nutley Street exit, backing up traffic for three miles at one point.

Around 8 p.m. the driver of the bus smelled smoke and exited the vehicle. The operator noticed flames and called fire officials who extinguished the blaze.

The bus was not in service and did not have any passengers at the time.

Meanwhile, Hazmat officials were busy cleaning up diesel fuel from a leaking truck on Leesburg Pike, just west of Tysons Corner.

The spill occurred near the Pike 7 Plaza, where a Panera Bread, Game Stop, BB&T Bank and Ranger Surplus reside.

Officials were able to contain the spill shortly after 9 p.m. at which points all traffic lanes were reopened.

Check the CBSDC traffic page for incidents and know before you go.

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