Students Lucky Escape From Motorway Coach Fire
At 12:41Hrs today (February 24, 2010), Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a coach fire on the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway between junctions 4A and 4, Worcestershire.
The passengers, students from Worcester University on a trip to a sporting event, had exited the burning vehicle under the supervision of a passing police patrol. Worcestershire fire fighters from Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich were promptly on scene along with colleagues from Northfield in the West Midlands. On arrival fire fighters tackled the blaze in the 24 seater coach which had spread from the engine compartment into the passenger compartment. Lanes one a two were both closed whilst the incident was dealt with.
Adrian Moore, Station Manager, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said,
“On arrival at the scene firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reel, to bring the fire that had spread from the engine compartment under control. The driver and passengers were fortunate that a nearby police patrol was promptly on scene to assist with safe evacuation and traffic management. It is important with motorway and major trunk road fires that once out of the vehicle, people move well away from the incident and to a safe position behind protective Armco barriers.”
The cause of the fire is unknown and will be subject to investigation.