Firefighters praise coach driver after M40 fire

Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Firefighters have praised a quick-thinking coach driver whose vehicle caught fire on the M40 near Beaconsfield yesterday evening (Sunday 20 July 2014).

Crews from Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross were called to the incident, on the exit sliproad for junction 2, at 7.16pm.

Watch Manager Paul Casey, from Beaconsfield Fire Station, said: "On arrival, there was smoke issuing and flames visible in the undercarriage. The coach driver did extremely well to stop in a place of safety and ensure all his passengers were moved to a safe zone away from fast-moving traffic, and then call the emergency services.

"The crews worked quickly and safely together to resolve the incident and allow the reopening of the M40."

Paul added: “In the summer months, vehicles can quickly overheat and, on rare occasions, even catch fire. If this happens, we advise drivers to pull over carefully and ensure they stay a safe distance from the vehicle involved.

"If on a motorway, make sure you stay behind any metal barriers to maximise safety from other traffic, and inform the emergency services. Do not attempt to tackle the fire yourself as relatively small fires in vehicles can quickly spread."

Firefighters are pictured at the scene of the fire. They used two hose reels, two sets of breathing apparatus and foam.