Coventry & Warwickshire

M40 coach fire: Schoolchildren treated after breathing in smoke

A party of schoolchildren needed treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke after a coach caught fire on a motorway in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Fire Service was called at 16:42 to a report of a coach fire on the southbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 16 and 15.

Crews found that a "small fire" had already been put out.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said 14 children, aged 11 and 12, were treated with two needing "oxygen therapy".

A spokesman said: "All 14 children had their carbon monoxide levels assessed by ambulance crews before being discharged at the scene, with no one requiring any further hospital treatment."

About 40 people, including 34 children, were on the coach, the ambulance service said.

A second coach took the party on the remainder of their journey.

The name of the school has not yet been released.

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