A bus bringing children to school has been entirely destroyed after it caught fire. The conflagration occurred at about 08.45 BST on the A127 near Wickford, in Essex. Students of Southend High School for Girls were among others on board while it burst into a firestorm.

No one was injured in the fire. The school posted on twitter to say all the students on the Maymist coach had been promptly evacuated and alternative arrangements were being made for getting them to school. Police rescued the children to the nearby Dick Turpin pub.

Motorist Lisa Bridge, who was driving past in the opposite carriageway briefly after the fire, said the bus was “completely burnt out” and “just a shell”. 

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said it put out the blaze within about 15 minutes. Police said one lane of the Southend-bound carriageway of the A127 remained closed.

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