Bus company spokesperson denies driving for miles whilst on fire

The Westmorland Gazette: Bus company spokesman denies driving for miles whilst on fire Bus company spokesman denies driving for miles whilst on fire

A SPOKESMAN for a bus company denies an eye witness' claims that a vehicle full of school children drove for several miles whilst the engine was on fire.

As fire crews were called, 40 children and teachers from Sir John Barrow Primary School, Ulverston, rushed to exit the smouldering Travellers Choice coach.

The incident took place near Rusland Pool, Haverthwaite, on June 18 and nobody was injured.

David Ralph, of Walney, says he drove behind the flaming bus for three miles, frantically trying to get the driver to pull over.

"I was able to clearly see the flames coming out of the bottom of the engine compartment," said Mr Ralph.

"The driver would not be aware of it.

"I moved as close as possible to the middle of the road and flashed my headlights.

"I was becoming very concerned as the flames were increasing.

The driver didn't pull over until we reached the Rusland Pool Hotel three miles later and I told him the bus was on fire."

Less than five minutes after the children were evacuated the flames fully engulfed the rear of the vehicle.

A spokesman for Travellers Choice denies the coach traveled for three miles whilst on fire but confirmed they have no 'early warning system' on their coaches.

David Chadwick, of Livingstones Solicitors, Grange-over-Sands, witnessed the carnage.

"I saw children walking in the road and a lot of smoke," said Mr Chadwick.

"I heard a couple of really loud explosions as the fire really took hold.

"By the end only the shell of the bus was left."

A replacement bus arrived within 45 minutes and the children, who had been moved to safety at the nearby Rusland Pool Hotel, were taken back to their school.

Helen Pemberton, head of Sir John Barrow Primary School, said: "The fire service and police were quickly on the scene and took charge of the incident while the children were well looked after."

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12:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

sexyscott says...

This is the second bus in 6 month or so that's set fire
This is the second bus in 6 month or so that's set fire sexyscott
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

The world is a pretty big place sexyscott, with many millions of buses....so you're probably underestimating the number of buses that have caught fire over the last 6 months or so!......or are you suggesting a conspiracy?
The world is a pretty big place sexyscott, with many millions of buses....so you're probably underestimating the number of buses that have caught fire over the last 6 months or so!......or are you suggesting a conspiracy? magical trevor
  • Score: -8

1:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Caveman1010 says...

Sexyscott is probably talking about is just on the A590.
Sexyscott is probably talking about is just on the A590. Caveman1010
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Caveman1010 says...

Fires in engine compartments when the engine compartment is at the rear of the bus/coach are more common than you might think. In some countries it is a legal requirement to have equipment installed to handle this situation.
Fires in engine compartments when the engine compartment is at the rear of the bus/coach are more common than you might think. In some countries it is a legal requirement to have equipment installed to handle this situation. Caveman1010
  • Score: 3

7:58am Sat 21 Jun 14

sexyscott says...

The second Travellers Choice bus that set fire the last one set a fire was up on top of shap
The second Travellers Choice bus that set fire the last one set a fire was up on top of shap sexyscott
  • Score: 4

11:25am Sat 21 Jun 14

Caveman1010 says...

Have a look at the 2 reports in the evening mail
http://www.nwemail.c
o.uk/news/school-bus
-fire-on-a590-in-sou
th-cumbria-1.1143380

http://www.nwemail.c
o.uk/news/teacher-te
lls-of-escape-drama-
before-coach-erupted
-in-flames-on-a590-c
umbria-1.1143680
They certainly do not tell the whole truth as to what happened.
Have a look at the 2 reports in the evening mail http://www.nwemail.c o.uk/news/school-bus -fire-on-a590-in-sou th-cumbria-1.1143380 http://www.nwemail.c o.uk/news/teacher-te lls-of-escape-drama- before-coach-erupted -in-flames-on-a590-c umbria-1.1143680 They certainly do not tell the whole truth as to what happened. Caveman1010
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10:35am Sun 22 Jun 14

Caveman1010 says...

Did the fires in both Travellers Choice coaches start in the rear engine compartment.
Did the fires in both Travellers Choice coaches start in the rear engine compartment. Caveman1010
  • Score: 0

7:35am Mon 23 Jun 14

sexyscott says...

Yeah bye the photos on Cumbria cracker
Yeah bye the photos on Cumbria cracker sexyscott
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