A NICE bus caught fire early Thursday in New Hyde Park, but police said everyone aboard the bus evacuated safely.
It was the second such incident in a week involving a Nassau InterCounty Express bus.
Nassau County police said the fire aboard the bus occurred on New Hyde Park Road and South Park Place and was reported at 8:25 a.m.
The N25 standard fixed-route bus was carrying 22 people, NICE spokesman Andrew Krause said. They noticed smoke and the driver pulled over on New Hyde Park Road, where the passengers got off.
Police said all the passengers — and the driver — exited the bus without incident.
The New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to the scene. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
A week ago an Able-Ride NICE minibus caught fire in Plainview and the driver, Jean Jeune, was credited with saving Cindy March, 54, of Farmingdale — who was in a wheelchair — carrying her off the bus, which was later destroyed by the fire.
Authorities at the time said the fire likely began in the engine compartment; that may not be confirmed due to the extent of the damage. The state’s investigation is ongoing.