Footage has shown a London bus engulfed in flames on a busy A-road after it appears to have been hit from behind. At around 7am, as rush hour in the capital was nearing its peak, a blue car is believed to have accidentally rammed into the back of the bus on the Ewell bypass in Surrey, on the A240. Thick black smoke can be seen billowing out from the rear of the bus, charring the red body, while the front bumper of the car appears to be hanging off, with flames also engulfing it. The incident involved two cars and a bus, though the involvement of the third vehicle is unclear.
The footage, taken from across the road from the crash, appears to show the site abandoned as the flames engulf both vehicles.
The bus windows are black and opaque as the smoke looks to have filled the vehicle, with smoke seeping from through the windows.
The blue four-door car behind is crumpled at the front and flames have swallowed almost half the car.
The fire can be seen exploding out of the driver’s door, which has been crumpled during the crash.
A spokesperson for the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said two vehicles had “caught fire” after a “collision” at around 7am on Thursday morning.
The spokesperson said: “We received a call this morning around 07.05am to a report of an RTC on Kingston Road, Ewell.
“Two fire engines were sent, arriving at the scene around 07.15am. Two cars and a bus had been involved in a collision. One of the cars and the bus had also caught fire.”
Suggesting there were no casulaties, they added: “The incident was cleared and crews left the scene around 08.25am.”
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Yesterday, a school bus carrying 20 pupils between the ages of 11 and 16 burst into flames just north of Cambridge.
The driver was praised by firefights for his “fast actions” after he evacuated the children before any injuries were incurred.
The bus went up in flames in Bar Hill at roughly 8.30am on Wednesday as it was travelling to Swavesey Village College near St Ives.
The bus had been evacuated “quickly and safely” before the fire service had arrived, with the cause of the blaze believed to be accidental.
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A witness who lives nearby, Roger Howard, said he heard a “bang which sounded like a bomb going off”.
He recounted how the “whole of the front of the bus was completely engulfed in flames” by the time he got to the scene.
He said: “It was horrific and the black smoke was going up several hundred feet into the air.”
The fire was believed to have started off small before rapidly spreading through the vehicle and eventually engulfing it in its entirety.
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