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Children hurt after school bus trip fire

The bus on fire near Arundel in Sussex Photo: ITV Meridian

Three children have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire on a school bus in Sussex. The coach caught fire on London Road near Whiteways Lodge roundabout in Arundel has now been removed from the road.

The coach, on a day visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire, had been carrying around 60 children and teachers from Storrington First School when a fire broke out in the engine at around 8.45am. The children are aged nine and ten.

All the passengers left the coach and were taken to another coach which had been called to meet them.

Three children have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and no other injuries have been reported. The families of the children taken to hospital have been informed.

Sergeant Alan Spicer of Sussex Police's Roads Policing Unit said: "I would like to praise the teachers and children from Storrington First School for the way they conducted themselves during this incident. They remained calm throughout and listened to the direction of the emergency services."

There was some traffic disruption in the area while the incident was dealt with but this has now cleared.

Headteacher, Garry Smart, said “I am very grateful for the superb response to the situation by the emergency services and staff.

“The children have been safely returned back to school and have been collected by their families.”

Click on a video of the fire below.