December 6 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Saturday, September 21, 2013
A driver escaped without injury this afternoon after his double-decker bus burst into flames.
The drama happened on the A148 in High Kelling, near Holt, at about 2.45pm. The Sanders bus was not carrying passengers.
Eye witness Robert FitzGerald, who took these photographs, said he smelled smoke from his Beech Close home nearby and thought someone was having a large bonfire.
“When we saw the bus it was quite a spectacular sight - flames and smoke everywhere. It was at the back end of the bus, near the engine. Nobody appeared to have been hurt but the diesel smoke was toxic. There was so much of it you could hardly see down the road to Holt.
“There were quite a few bangs going on too from small additional bits,” said Mr FitzGerald.
The bus was returning empty to Sanders’ base on the Hempstead Road industrial estate, according to managing director Charles Sanders.
Mr Sanders arrived home from watching Norwich City lose to Aston Villa to hear the news.
He said firefighters believed the blaze had been caused by an electrical fault. The engine and gear box were both in the back of the bus.
“The driver’s fine but the bus is badly damaged at the back and has no roof. I don’t think it will be going back on the road,” Mr Sanders added.
Firefighters from Holt, Cromer and Sheringham dealt with the blaze which blocked the road in both directions.
At 4.30pm a police spokesman said a recovery vehicle was at the scene and they were waiting for a diesel spillage to be cleared before re-opening the road.