MERRITT (NEWS1130) – A massive bus fire on the Coquihalla Connector has snarled traffic going into the Okanagan.

A Greyhound bus caught fire on the 97C near the Loon Lake Hill about midway between Merritt and Kelowna around one this afternoon.    

Star commuter Mike gave us a call from the road to say he saw flames shooting out of the bus.

“At least 20, 25 feet in the air, a lot of smoke,” he says. “I think people were thinking about going around it but then there was an explosion, either a gas tank or something in the back of the bus.”

It appears all the passengers are fine, but pictures show the bus is nothing more than a burned shell.