Lucky escape for dozens of children and their teachers after they were evacuated from a coach moments before it burst into flames on the M6

  • Pupils and staff get off coach shortly before fire broke out on the M6 
  • Fifty-nine children and seven adults were on board but no serious injuries
  • Four girls, all aged 10, taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Emergency services praise another bus driver for helping get everyone off 

Fifty-nine schoolchildren and their teachers have escaped from a coach which burst into flames on the side of a busy motorway.

The pupils and seven staff members were evacuated from the bus which had been travelling on the M6 northbound at junction 3a on Monday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service praised the driver of a second bus for stopping when he realised something was wrong with the coach, and helping to get everyone out of harm's way.

Fifty-nine children and their teachers  escaped from a coach which burst into flames, pictured, on the M6

Fifty-nine children and their teachers escaped from a coach which burst into flames, pictured, on the M6

The pupils and seven staff members were evacuated from the bus, pictured after the fire was extinguished

The pupils and seven staff members were evacuated from the bus, pictured after the fire was extinguished

Four girls, all aged 10, were taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital after the incident, pictured, but are not thought to be in a serious condition 

Four girls, all aged 10, were taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital after the incident, pictured, but are not thought to be in a serious condition 

Ambulance crews and paramedics arrived to the smouldering remains of the double-decker coach near the M42 interchange in Warwickshire. All those on board had already been taken to another bus.

Four 10-year-old girls were taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital but are not thought to be in a serious condition, a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The driver of the first coach and 13 of the pupils - all from the Black Country - were assessed for smoke inhalation.

The ambulance trust spokesman said: 'The trust would like to pay tribute to the Eavesway Travel of Wigan coach driver who spotted the issue, stopped at the side of the motorway and helped evacuate the children.

The driver of a second coach has been praised by the emergency services, pictured removing the wreckage, for stopping and helping get the children to safety

The driver of a second coach has been praised by the emergency services, pictured removing the wreckage, for stopping and helping get the children to safety

The driver  and 13 of the pupils - all from the Black Country - were assessed for smoke inhalation

The driver and 13 of the pupils - all from the Black Country - were assessed for smoke inhalation

'He then kept them and their teachers safe on his coach while firefighters dealt with the blaze. 

'He then took them to the Motorcycle Museum where they were meeting up with a replacement coach to take them on their way.'

He added: 'This could clearly have been a much more serious incident but for the quick actions of the coach drivers, teachers and children.'

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