‘It was really scary’ - schoolboy jumps out of way of tree branch as it smashes into bus in Costessey

Kane Mallett-Riall was sitting at the front of the bus when a tree branch smashed through it in Cote

Kane Mallett-Riall was sitting at the front of the bus when a tree branch smashed through it in Cotessey on Monday morning. - Credit: Archant

A schoolboy has claimed that he is not a hero after he jumped onto his friend when a tree branch smashed through the window of the bus they were travelling on.

The tree branch which smashed the window of the bus. Kane Mallett-Rial

The tree branch which smashed the window of the bus. Kane Mallett-Rial - Credit: Archant

A schoolboy has claimed he is not brave after he jumped onto his friend when a tree branch smashed through the window of the bus they were travelling on.

Kane Mallett-Rial, 13, of Earlham Grove, was on his way to school at Ormiston Victory Academy yesterday morning when the First bus smashed into a tree on Norwich Road in Costessey.

According to witness reports the driver had tried to move out of the way of a bin lorry when the branch of the tree smashed the glass of the front window on the top deck of the bus.

Kane was sitting on the top deck, along with two other boys, when the tree branch smashed through the window and headed straight towards them.

Kane Riel who was on the bus that hit a tree in Costessey.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Kane Riel who was on the bus that hit a tree in Costessey.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

He said: 'I heard a loud bang and a blast and I jumped over to cover my friend who was on the other side of the bus as the tree came through the window. It was really scary.'

The 13-year-old, who suffers from autism and dyspraxia, was stuck on the bus for 25 minutes before being carried off by firefighters. His only injuries were cuts and bruises and his mother Lauren Rial, 32, said he now does not want to travel by bus.

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'It all came as quite a shock to him and he has now said he doesn't want to go on the bus again,' she said 'But it really was a lucky escape, he could have been killed.'

First has confirmed that they are carrying out a full investigation into how the accident happened.

Tree branch on Norwich Road in Costessey which has crashed through the top deck of a First bus. Pict

Tree branch on Norwich Road in Costessey which has crashed through the top deck of a First bus. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Kane added: 'I wasn't that brave I just helped him because he is my friend and he would do the same for me.'

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