Children evacuated from flaming school bus on M25 near Maple Cross

Watford Observer: Picture from stock Picture from stock

A double decker bus full of school children has caught fire at the M25 Maple Cross junction.

Police and firefighters were called to the junction 17 entry slip road anticlockwise at about 10.30am following reports a coach was on fire.

Around 40 children had to be evacuated from the bus while fire crews dealt with the blaze, which started at the vehicle’s brakes.

Police closed the sliproad and escorted the children to safety. It is understood none of the children sustained injuries.

Andrew Dawson, spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council, said: "There was a coach that had its brakes overheating.

"We requested police assistance for the 40 school children who were on the coach and needed to be gotten to a place of safety.

"We sent three crews, one from Rickmansworth, one from Watford and one from Garston stations.

"One hose reel was used to deal with the fire."

Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman Sarah Spence said a second bus was en route to the children at 11am.

She said: "We were called at 10.35 this morning by the fire service to the M25.

"It was given as a coach fire near junction 17 entry slip road to the motorway.

"The fire service asked us to close the slip road so the children could be moved to safety.

"A second bus was en route just before 11 o clock to collect the children. The vehicle on fire was described as a double decker bus."

The blaze was extinguished at 10.54am and has now been recorded as an "accidental fire".

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:19pm Mon 19 May 14

mrst1977 says...

Come on Watford Observer, is your reporter American? "Gotten to a place of safety"........... Why not write in plain English?
Come on Watford Observer, is your reporter American? "Gotten to a place of safety"........... Why not write in plain English? mrst1977
  • Score: 0

11:28pm Mon 19 May 14

croxley46 says...

mrst1977 wrote:
Come on Watford Observer, is your reporter American? "Gotten to a place of safety"........... Why not write in plain English?
TAKEN to a place of safety, please!
Far too much American influence in our ENGLISH grammar nowadays.
[quote][p][bold]mrst1977[/bold] wrote: Come on Watford Observer, is your reporter American? "Gotten to a place of safety"........... Why not write in plain English?[/p][/quote]TAKEN to a place of safety, please! Far too much American influence in our ENGLISH grammar nowadays. croxley46
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree