SB Lake Shore Drive reopens after CTA bus fire closure

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
SB LSD closed at North Ave. after CTA bus fire
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Video by Christopher Skraba, from his high-rise on LSD

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The southbound lanes on North Lake Shore Drive are back open Tuesday morning after a CTA bus fire near North Avenue.

However, two of the lanes now appear to be undergoing ice cleanup by the Chicago Department of Transportation, which is slowing traffic.

A #147 CTA bus got a flat tire near LaSalle Drive and pulled over to let passengers off just south of North Avenue at about 5:45 a.m. Officials said the bus then caught fire and was fully engulfed at one point.

Emergency crews had the fire under control as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the crash cleanup took about three hours to complete.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.