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Bus catches fire in 3rd Street Tunnel in D.C. (Video)

Monday - 5/21/2012, 4:05pm  ET

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The D.C. Police Department tweeted this photo of the fire that closed down the 3rd Street Tunnel. (Courtesy @DCPoliceDept via Twitter)
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WASHINGTON - Area drivers are still shaken up after being stopped in the 3rd Street Tunnel Monday morning, after a bus caught fire.

No passengers were on the bus that caught fire as it was being towed out of the tunnel. The bus, which is used by the military, was being towed by another military vehicle.

D.C. police spokeswoman Tisha Gant says the fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Drivers in the tunnel say they were at a standstill for ten minutes before smoke began wafting back from the fire. Within minutes smoke filled the tunnel.

Officers escorted drivers out of their cars and onto Washington Avenue southwest.

A witness who says she was near the bus heard a boom before the bus caught on fire.

Drivers waited in the rain before the smoke from the tunnel was cleared and they were allowed back into their cars. Then, police towed the charred school bus out, clearing the tunnel for normal traffic to resume.

No drivers were hurt. Three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation, but are recovering well.

The tunnel was closed after the incident. All lanes of the tunnel were reopened by 3 p.m.

Video of the scene sent to WTOP by listener Phuong Doan.

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