WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - A trip from South Florida to Houston, Texas, turned into a fiery nightmare for two local woman when the bus they were traveling on caught fire.
Heydy Morataya of Indiantown and Holly Koch of West Palm Beach were on the Tornado Bus Company trip that took a turn for the worse on June 8th in Baton Rouge.
"We could have been on that bus and easily not gotten off alive," said Koch.
Koch was with her 11-year-old daughter Samantha.
Morataya was with her elderly mother Rosa.
Both were headed from Florida to Houston when they were awakened in the early morning by a loud boom.
"I just saw all the flames and everybody getting up. I was very sacred. I thought I was going to die," said Samantha Koch.
The bus was toast and so were all of their belongings. Both women lost wallets, clothes and medication. Both women say Tornado Bus Company has not said a word to them since the incident despite their attempts to contact the company.
"It's like we're reliving everything again. I just want to cry," said Morataya.
Tornado Bus Company released the following statement:
"“At this time Tornado Bus Company is continuing its investigation into the cause of the fire. Once the investigation is complete Tornado Bus Company will address any issues resulting from the incident. Until then, Tornado Bus Company will move forward in completing its investigation. “
According to the Louisiana State Police report, officers believe the fire was caused by "excessive heating to the brakes."
Both Koch and Morataya want accountability.
"Material things can be replaced and I'm just fortunate everyone got off alive but it was very terrifying," said Koch.
According to the United States Department of Transportation inspection report, Tornado Bus Company recently received a "satisfactory rating."
Tornado Bus Company's lost or damage baggage policy only covers up to $250 and only covers clothing and toiletries.
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