UPDATE: Blaze that destroyed coach on A3052 ‘horrific’

18:32 09 June 2014

A coach that caught fire on the A3052

A coach that caught fire on the A3052

Archant

A blaze that broke out on a school coach on the A3052 has been described as ‘horrific’ by an eyewitness.

The 49-seater had picked up students in Axminster and dropped them off in Seaton when the fire started on its return to Honiton.

Motorist Tanya Newbury was on the Beer bend behind two cars when she first saw the coach. She said the flames were as ‘high as the fir trees’ next to the burning vehicle.

“It was horrific,” she said. “The flames had totally engulfed it.

“My instant thought was ‘is there any one in it?’ I was going to rush over and them I saw the fire brigade had turned up.

“I honestly was just in pure shock. All I could keep thinking was ‘is there anyone in there and how I can help?’ It was terrifying.

“There were just huge flames pouring out of the windows, they were high as the fir trees.”

Raymond Borkowski, whose Honiton-based company Alpha Coaches owned the vehicle, was called to the scene and said: “The crews were here straight away but once the fire took hold there was nothing they could do.”

He said the driver was the only person on board and left the coach unharmed when the blaze broke out.

A police spokesperson said the blaze ‘melted the road’ and confirmed that the driver was safe.

The A3052 was closed between Hangman’s Stone and Seaton Down Hill, with motorists being diverted through Beer.

1 comment

  • "fur" trees? For Heaven's sake proof read.

    Report this comment

    Alberic

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:30
The President of Devon Petanque Region, John Thatcher, and Honiton mayor, Peter Halse, cut the ribbon to Honiton's new Petanque Club and court. Ref mhh 1130-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The petanque terrain at the Mountbatten Sports and Social Club was opened on Thursday, March 19.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:13
rugby generic picture

As the Lacemen’s Colts licked their wounds from their recent defeat by a strong Barum outfit, they travelled to Okehampton for a must-win game and produced the goods in a 25-15 result, writes Paz Parratt

Read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Rugby

Honiton second XV were confident and commanding across the pitch as they won a derby meeting with Sidmouth 41-10, writes Tom Churchward.

Read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Britain's 10 Most Wanted.

National Crime Agency and Crimestoppers launch appeal to capture 10 wanted men believed to be hiding in Spain.

Read more
Monday, March 16, 2015
Convivium

For many music lovers, a performance of Handel’s Messiah is as much a part of Easter as chocolate eggs, fluffy chicks and nodding daffodils.

Read more
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sidford Badminton Club

Sidford Social Hall plays host to a badminton club that is seeing numbers drop and is now in need of some fresh new faces.

Read more
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Exmouth tennis starlet Josie Culliford

Exmouth tennis starlet Josie Culliford enjoyed success at a recent competition in Cheddar, writes Stephen Birley.

Read more
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Football generic picture

With both Millwey Rise teams struggling to fulfil their numbers through injury and late withdrawals the ensuing results were better than what perhaps was expected, writes Dick Sturch.

Read more
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Super-fit Charlotte Venn - fundraising skydiver and marathon runner

Charlotte, who ran the Barcelona marathon in 2004, is hoping to raise £1,000 in sponsorship by taking part.

Read more
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Jack Britten, Devon Roe-Lavery, coach Helen Reddy, Catie Lee and Valentine Tutcher.

The acrobatic gymnastics season is well and truly under way for Honiton Gymnastics Club men’s pair Devon Roe-Lavery and Jack Britten.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder