OAKLAND (KCBS) – An Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized with smoke inhalation after a bus transporting prisoners from an Oakland courthouse caught fire on the freeway.

The bus pulled over on Interstate 580 near 150th Avenue because of engine problems, and soon the two deputies aboard were evacuating the inmates because of flames and smoke, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

“They were able to get all 22 inmates off the bus,” he said, without any injuries, although one of the deputies had to be taken to the hospital because of all the smoke.

“She had to go onboard the bus several times while it was on fire to get inmates out. So she had some smoke inhalation,” Nelson said.

The inmates were held on the eastbound shoulder of I-580 until they could be transferred to another bus and taken to Santa Rita jail in Dublin.

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