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PORTLAND – A tour bus en route from Cincinnati to Buffalo blew a tire and was destroyed by fire about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday on the Thruway in the Chautauqua County Town of Portland, but police said the driver and all of the 18 passengers escaped safely.

One eastbound lane of the Thruway was closed to traffic while the remains of the charred bus were removed.

Coach USA of Paramus, N.J., was identified as the owner of the bus.