King Alfred School pupils escape coach fire during trip to Italy
of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School had a dramatic
start to their half-term ski holiday on Saturday evening (February
14th) when their coach caught fire on the trip to Italy.
vehicle was travelling through Bracknell at around 6.40pm when
several of the 63 students onboard smelt smoke.
driver of the Marchants coach pulled over and all the students
safely left the bus.
crews and police were called to the scene and firefighters used
four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to bring the blazing
vehicle under control.
students waited in the nearby Horse and Groom Harvester restaurant
before a replacement coach arrived.
teacher Denise Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All students
and staff are well and got back on the road at 10pm with a 3.30am
ferry crossing booked. The pub and emergency services were fantastic
in looking after everyone."
of the passengers onboard the coach said the restaurant's staff
had been very welcoming. "This happened all of a sudden.
We could have not stopped in a better place as the general manager
was absolutely fantastic," he said.
were offered shelter for our luggage and they found a suitable
place for 63 students and staff to rest whilst we waited for the
replacement bus. We thank them for all their help and making us
all feel welcomed in unforeseen difficult circumstances."
The coach fire on Saturday night and, above, the students leaving
for the trip earlier in the day