“Relief” after bus fire evacuation

“Relief” after bus fire evacuation
A Letterkenny school principal has said there was relief that no one was injured when a school bus carrying secondary school pupils to the town caught fire yesterday morning.

A Letterkenny school principal has said there was relief that no one was injured when a school bus carrying secondary school pupils to the town caught fire yesterday morning.

Principal of St Eunan’s College, Chris Darby, said a number of students from the college were caught up in the incident while other students were delayed in getting to school due to the traffic situation following the blaze

“Just before nine o’clock this morning we were very, very relieved that there was nobody hurt,” Mr Darby stated.

“I think the biggest impact it had on us was that it delayed traffic in the town and saw a few students running late .

But as long as everybody was safe, we were happy to hear that,” he added.

Up to 40 pupils were on board when the driver of the school bus, which was travelling from the Creeslough/Kilmacrennan area, noticed smoke coming from the vehicle as they crossed the Mountain Top area.

He stopped along the main road adjacent to the Thornberry housing estate and the bus was safely evacuated before the fire service arrived at the scene.