MOREHEAD — A group of 53 Louisville residents en route to a casino in West Virginia escaped injury Saturday afternoon when their tour bus caught fire near Morehead on I-64.
The bus, owned by the Miller Transportation Co., was destroyed in the incident at 2 p.m. about four miles east of Morehead on I-64.
The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed at the scene for about two hours.
John Northcutt, assistant chief of the Morehead Fire Department, said the bus driver reported an engine problem moments before fire erupted at the rear of the bus.
All of the passengers were safely evacuated onto the shoulder of the road near a rest area.
They later were transported on a Rowan County school bus to a Morehead church to await pickup by the bus company.
Firefighters also responded from the Farmers Fire Department.
The travelers were headed to the Mardi Gras West Virginia Casino and Resort near Charleston, W.Va.
Assisting at the scene were Kentucky State Police and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.