A HERO pupil “saved dozens of his classmates” by alerting a driver to smoke moments before a coach erupted into a ball of flames during a school trip, accordion to report.
The youngster smelt smoke coming from the vehicle, which was carrying 60 kids through East Grinstead, West Sussex, this morning.
His quick actions meant the Imberhorne School students were evacuated from the coach moments before it burst into flames at about 8.20am, Surrey Mirror reports.
Shocking pictures of the interior of the burnt out coach show the scorched metal frames of the seats. Amazingly none of the pupils, aged between 11 and 16, were injured and the unnamed student has been praised as a potential life saver.
Headteacher Martin Brown told the Surrey Mirror: “One of the pupils on the bus smelt something that he thought smelt like smoke while he was sat on the bus and didn’t think that was quite right.
“He told the driver who stopped the bus and got all the children of the bus, safely evacuated into a safe space nearby.” Sussex Fire and Rescue confirmed they were called to Vowels Lane early this morning and used breathing apparatus, two hose reels and one water shuffle to extinguish the blaze.