A Stagecoach X2 bus in Southport caused traffic problems after its brakes caught fire.

Passengers had to be hurried off the bus after its brakes caught fire on Formby Bypass at about 2:20pm this afternoon (Saturday 3rd November 2012).

The X2 Stagecoach service started blowing smoke from its front off side wheel then caught fire as it was approaching Woodvale traffic lights.

The driver cut her finger after smashing the glass to access the onboard fire extinguisher. She put the fire out within seconds of the incident.

The bus was still blocking the busy road over an hour later.

A Stagecoach spokesman was not available to comment on the incident.

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