Warriors' team coach fire on M5

The Worcester Warriors team coach was destroyed in a blaze as it travelled along the M5 southbound in Gloucestershire to play the Ospreys in Swansea.

Players loan opposition kit after coach fire - full story

Swansea players generously donated some of their equipment to Worcester Warriors after some of the team's kit was destroyed in a fire which engulfed their coach.

While everyone on board escaped unharmed, their kit was not so lucky.

Fortunately, the Ospreys generously offered up some of their own to allow yesterday's match to go ahead with just a 90 minute delay.

Investigations are ongoing into what caused the blaze.

Darryl Murphy has the full story.

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Warriors' coach blaze caught on video

Thick plumes of black smoke billow into the sky as flames rage at the rear of the Worcester Warriors' official team coach in a video captured by a passing car.

The severe blaze was caught on camera by the passenger of the car, before emergency services arrived.

The coach caught fire as the team travelled along the M5 to Swansea for a match.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Natasha Phipps.

Dramatic images show Warriors' team coach ablaze

Flames took hold of the Worcester Warriors' team coach as players travelled along the M5 this morning.

A passer-by captures the fire which broke out as the rugby team travelled to Swansea
A passer-by captures the fire which broke out as the rugby team travelled to Swansea Credit: @jtderbylad

All staff and players are said to be safe and well. It's not yet known how the fire started.

The coach was reduced to little more than a metal shell after firefighters managed to put out the blaze.

A metal shell is all that is left of the team coach after the fire this morning
A metal shell is all that is left of the team coach after the fire this morning Credit: AP / @swoooper7

The match will now go ahead later than scheduled, at 4.30pm.

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Long queues from Gloucester to Bristol after coach fire

The Highways Agency website shows Southbound traffic on M5 is bumper-to-bumper as far north as 11A for Gloucester right down to coach fire site near Bristol.

They expect the road to start clearing from 12.30pm, but there are likely to be considerable delays for holidaymakers getting away for the Bank Holiday weekend. The A38 is also reported to be very busy in the area.

No Worcester Warriors players or staff are reported to be injured after their coach caught fire. Their match is rescheduled at Ospreys for 4.30pm.

Worcester Warriors team bus catches fire

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Latest - The Warriors team bus caught fire on the M5 this morning. Discussions are taking place to determine whether the match will go ahead

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Latest - All players and staff are safe and well. We will let fans know as soon as a decision regarding the match has been made.