Wheel falls off school bus

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PUPILS travelling to school in Donington escaped injury after a wheel fell off their school bus.

The single-decker Volvo coach had been travelling to Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School on Monday morning when the incident happened.

A rear wheel on the bus, which is owned by Boston-based bus firm Phil Haines, is believed to have come off as the bus passed through Quadring Fen.

It was said to be about half-full of school pupils at the time.

An eyewitness said: “I happened to pass and stopped to make sure everything was ok. It must have been a scary experience.”

None of the pupils onboard were said to be injured as a result of the incident.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed they were called out just before 9am with reports that the bus was blocking the road at Beck Bank.

The wheel was also left sat in the road next to the coach.

The bus was eventually recovered at about 9.45am.

Thomas Cowley headteacher Martyn Taylor said he was “grateful” that the accident had not been more serious and that none of his pupils had been seriously hurt.

A spokesman for travel firm Phil Haines declined to comment, saying the incident was currently under investigation by Lincolnshire County Council, who are responsible for school bus services across the county.

Jean Harris, transport manager at the county council said: “We are very concerned and are currently investigating the facts around what has happened.”

The council is unable to say how long it will take to investigate the matter.