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Police shut part of UK motorway after bus incident

world Updated: Jul 05, 2012 16:43 IST
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Armed police closed a section of the M6 highway in both directions Thursday during a police-led incident involving a bus in central England.

Police said in a statement that the incident at the Weeford toll plaza in the West Midlands, around 116 miles (187 kilometers) north of London, is ongoing. Police declined to give any more information, and the circumstances of the closure are unclear.

Megabus, the company that operates the bus, confirmed it was helping police with regard to "an allegation made against a passenger " on one of its buses en route from Preston to London. It said the bus had 48 passengers booked for travel and was due to arrive at London's Victoria Station at 0955 GMT (5:55 a.m. EDT).

The BBC, citing unidentified sources, reported that the incident involved a passenger who poured a substance into a box, causing fumes.

More than 10 fire trucks and several police and emergency vehicles were visible at the scene, where the bus was pulled over onto a shoulder.

Aerial footage showed what appeared to be passengers sitting on the ground in a marked-off square, spaced apart from each other.

Dog handlers roamed about, and someone in a hazardous materials suit was seen entering the bus and searching around the seats with a flashlight.