Bus driver praised after vehicle went up in flames - The Leamington Observer

Bus driver praised after vehicle went up in flames

A BUS driver has been praised after his double decker went up in flames outside Warwick University.

It was engulfed near the campus on Gibbet Hill at around 9am on Wednesday October 17 before firefighters arrived on the scene.

According to onlookers the bus ‘exploded’  after it caught fire.

When he noticed the flames coming from the engine, the driver stopped the bus and ensured all his passengers got off safely.

Shortly after, he was given oxygen and taken to hospital.

The driver’s actions have been praised by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A spokesman said: “When the driver noticed the smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment of his bus, he stopped immediately and then made sure that all the passengers were off before leaving the vehicle himself.

“Due to his swift action, he was the only casualty, suffering from smoke inhalation.

“There seems little doubt that his actions ensured the situation was not considerably more serious.”

The quick-thinking bus driver ensured all passengers got safely off the bus when he noticed smoke pouring from the engine.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established.

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