Coventry & Warwickshire

Dozens of children escape M6 coach fire near Coleshill

The coach in flames Image copyright Phillip Wilson
Image caption Fifty-nine children were on the coach

Fifty-nine school children and seven teachers escaped a coach that burst into flames on a motorway.

Four 10-year-old girls were taken to hospital after the blaze broke out on the M6 near Coleshill, Warwickshire, at about 15:40 BST.

Thirteen children and the driver were treated for smoke inhalation, although none were thought to be badly hurt.

Another coach driver spotted the fire and helped evacuate the children, taking them on to his own vehicle.

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption The vehicle was reduced to smouldering remains

He later took the party, from a school in the Black Country, to meet up with a replacement coach while firefighters dealt with the fire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it would like to thank the driver, of Eavesway Travel, Wigan.

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