Bus fire leaves 40 schoolchildren stranded on hard shoulder of A1(M) near Stevenage

Bus fire. Credit: Richard Walker

Bus fire. Credit: Richard Walker - Credit: Archant

Police are working to safely move 40 schoolchildren who have been stranded on the side of the A1(M) since the bus they were travelling in caught on fire this morning.

Bus fire. Credit: Richard Walker

Bus fire. Credit: Richard Walker - Credit: Archant

The single decker white bus caught alight on the northbound section of the motorway by Junction 7, near Stevenage, at 9.21am.

Police and fire crews attended the scene and are working to evacuate the children from the hard shoulder.

No one was injured in the fire and traffic is being diverted through the junction.

Police are warning people to expect delays.


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Sam Hankin drove past the fire. He said: “We were driving past on the other side of the road and the coach was on fire. There were lots of people standing on the side of the road and smoke was everywhere.”

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