Boy, 11, dragged along road for 150m by bus after getting off at Heacham

Lee Huckle: Picture Rachael Huckle

Lee Huckle: Picture Rachael Huckle - Credit: Archant

An 11-year-old is today hoping to be back at school after a terrifying ordeal that saw him dragged along a road by a double decker bus after he got his bag caught on a hinge.

Lee Huckle after treatment for injuries sustained when he was dragged along by a bus: Picture: Rache

Lee Huckle after treatment for injuries sustained when he was dragged along by a bus: Picture: Rachel Huckle - Credit: Archant

Lee Huckle, 11, was left battered and bruised after the incident that saw him pulled for 150m before the driver saw him and stopped.

The youngster had boarded the Stagecoach bus at his school, Alderman Peel High in Wells, and the incident happened as he got off near his home in Heacham.

As he was walking down the side of the bus, the strap of his bag became caught in a hinge, and he was dragged alongside it.

He was left with large grazes on his arms, legs and torso and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn for treatment.

Lee Huckle was dragged along by a bus after his bag was caught in a hinge. Picture: Rachel Huckle

Lee Huckle was dragged along by a bus after his bag was caught in a hinge. Picture: Rachel Huckle - Credit: Archant


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His mother Rachael Huckle, 34, said: 'It was a really scary incident. Lee was dragged about 150 metres on the road, with his legs bouncing from side to side.'

After the incident, her son had to take the rest of the week off school, because of his injuries, and she said he had not been well during the half-term holidays.

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She added: 'He's still very shaken up, and is not really good at all, but he wants to go back to school on Monday.'

Bus firm Stagecoach said the driver was not at fault for the incident, which happened at about 4pm on October 17.

Zoe Paget, operations director at Stagecoach East, confirmed that an incident did occur.

She said: 'The boy alighted the bus at Heacham Fox and Hounds pub and was walking down the side of the bus swinging his school bag.

'The strap of his bag got caught on a hinge of the bus and the pupil was dragged for a short distance until the driver spotted him and stopped the bus immediately and called emergency services. '

She added: 'The driver waited at the scene until the emergency services instructed him to continue his journey to take the remaining students home.

'The boy was treated for grazes before being allowed home by the ambulance service.

'Safety is our absolute number one priority.

'The driver was subsequently interviewed by the police and no blame has been attributed towards him.'

Norfolk police are investigating the incident.

? Have you got a story from the Heacham area? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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