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Bus overturns as strong winds hit Crowland

Firemen deal with a bus blown off the B1166, near Crowland, by strong winds this afternoon.

Firemen deal with a bus blown off the B1166, near Crowland, by strong winds this afternoon.

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 4PM: A bus on its way to pick up schoolchildren has been blown off a road by strong winds near Crowland this afternoon.

The double decker bus from Holbeach Drove-based firm Fowler’s Travel was on the B1166 heading to The Deepings School, Deeping St James, when the “freak accident” happened at about 2pm.

No passengers were on board the bus which ended up on its side and the owner of Fowler’s Travel, Andrew Fowler, confirmed that the driver was unhurt.

He said: “We had a double decker bus go off the road which was travelling to collect some children from school.

“The bus was empty at the time and the driver involved has nearly 40 years’ experience of driving buses.

“It was a freak accident and I’ve spoken to the driver who is fine.”

Meanwhile, drivers are being warned to take extra care as strong winds threaten to cause chaos on South Holland’s roads.

There are reports of fallen trees or power lines in several areas, including Roman Bank, Long Sutton, Broadgate, Sutton St James, Glenside North, West Pinchbeck and Willington Road, Kirton.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 240 flood alerts across the eastern region, including a severe flood warning for areas between Kirton and Wyberton, as well as flood warning for Sutton Bridge.

However, Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed there are no plans to close Cross Keys Bridge because of the bad weather.

THURSDAY 1.30PM: Gale force winds and possible floods are being forecast for Sutton Bridge and the east coast of England as severe weather threatens to sweep the country.

The warnings have come from The Environment Agency which is warning people to stay away from coastal areas and shores because of the risk of being swept out to sea.

Weathermen are predicting wind gusts of up to 70mph and almost 20 severe flood warnings have been issued for the eastern region.

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “The Met Office has issued an amber alert for the potential of strong winds, with gusts of up to 70mph inland, which may cause damage and disruption.

“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely and working alongside partners, including the Met Office and local authorities, to ensure that flood defences are in good working order, sea levels are monitored and wind directions measured.”

For the latest information, visit www.envrionment-agency.gov.uk

 

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