Campaign bus for Jeff Sessions opponent in the US Senate race bursts into flames on the Alabama Freeway

Campaign bus for Jeff Sessions opponent in the US Senate race bursts into flames on the Alabama Freeway

  • A Tommy Tuberville campaign bus went up in flames on I-59 North on Wednesday
  • The driver was the only one at the time and escaped unharmed
  • Tuberville’s campaign manager confirmed that the fire had started on a test drive

Tommy Tuberville, a campaign coach for Jeff Sessions’ opponent for the Senate, went up in flames on a highway in Alabama on Wednesday night.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was forced to shut down parts of I-59 North after the vehicle caught fire in the middle of the road near Fort Payne and Hammondville.

Recreational Vehicle is currently on fire at the 227-mile mark of I-59 North, closing the northern lane. The driver escaped unharmed, “authorities said in a statement.

A Tommy Tuberville campaign bus flew into flames on I-59 North on Wednesday evening

A Tommy Tuberville campaign bus flew into flames on I-59 North on Wednesday evening

Authorities were forced to temporarily freeze sections of the highway after the vehicle was set on fire near Fort Payne and Hammondville.  The driver, who was the only person on the bus at the time, escaped unharmed

Authorities were forced to temporarily freeze sections of the highway after the vehicle was set on fire near Fort Payne and Hammondville.  The driver, who was the only person on the bus at the time, escaped unharmed

Authorities were forced to temporarily freeze sections of the highway after the vehicle was set on fire near Fort Payne and Hammondville. The driver, who was the only person on the bus at the time, escaped unharmed

Photos taken on the spot showed the bus, adorned with the ‘Tuberville Trump 2020’ slogan, completely engulfed in flames on the shoulder strip of the highway.

The driver was the only person on the bus at the time, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office told the local news channel. WAFF 48.

Campaign representatives for Tuberville, which Trump endorsed, later released a statement saying the fire had occurred during a post-maintenance test drive.

“Coach Tuberville’s candidacy has clearly been set on fire by voters … and our bus, too. We are grateful that no one was injured in the incident and for the remarkable first responders who helped immediately, “said campaign leader Paul Shashy.

Sessions, who resigned as U.S. Attorney General in 2018, was previously a state senator for Alabama in 1997.

Sessions, who resigned as U.S. Attorney General in 2018, was previously a state senator for Alabama in 1997.

Sessions and Tuberville (pictured) will compete later this month in the GOP primary in Alabama

Sessions and Tuberville (pictured) will compete later this month in the GOP primary in Alabama

Sessions runs against Tuberville because of its previously occupied Senate seat. The two will compete against the upcoming primary this month

Tuberville and Sessions will compete in Alabama in the GOP primary later this month.

The winner will face US Senator Doug Jones in November.

Sessions, who resigned as U.S. Attorney General in 2018, was previously a state senator for Alabama in 1997.

Tuberville has made Trump’s belittling Sessions a focal point of his campaign, with ads criticizing the President on Sessions.

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