Seven Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) busses caught fire overnight while parked at the CTC lot off Filager Road in Batavia.
“It looks like the fire originated under the hood of one of the busses,” said Central Joint Fire and EMS Chief Kevin Riley. “We are investigating the fire with the assistance of the Clermont County fire chiefs investigating team.”
“One of our supervisors got a call around 1:45 this morning reporting a possible explosion in the CTC lot,” said CTC Director Lisa Gatwood. “Two of the busses have been destroyed.” She said insurance investigators have been called to the scene. The busses impacted are 10 to 18 seat passenger busses and are valued collectively at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
CTC is the primary provider of public transportation in Clermont County. Founded in 1977 as CART (Clermont Area Rural Transit), CTC has continued to evolve and now offers three fixed routes, in addition to its Dial-A-Ride services. CTC also provides the funding for Metro Route 82X and some of the funding for routes 28 & 29X.
Even though seven busses are out of service, Gatwood said CTC routes are operating as scheduled today.