The driver quickly evacuated 25 children from the bus shortly before the machine burst into flames near the city of Lecco in the Italian province of Sondrio.
The driver was driving the coach through the S36 tunnel on Tuesday morning when he suddenly noticed something was wrong. He decided to get all the passengers out of the vehicle immediately, before the explosion took place and the coach was completely consumed by the fire.
“Once I understood what had happened, I did not hesitate to protect the passengers by disembarking them from the bus and arranging their transport to safety,” driver Mauro Mascetti told TGCom 24.
#Lecco, intervention of #fire fighters from 10 this morning on the SS 36 for the#fire of a bus while it was passing through a tunnel, near Lierna. Unscathed passengers on board, teams at work to secure the roadway [11:30 #13luglio] pic.twitter.com/kTkXcuDefq– Fire Brigade (@emergenzavvf) July 13, 2021
After the children were safe, Mascetti tried to put out the fire, but was unable to do so. “The priority was to save the lives of the children,” he added.
Five fire brigade teams arrived at the scene. Lifeguards reported that none of the coach passengers were injured. Seven of the 25 children were taken to hospital for examination.
The bus, which belonged to the Red Cross from Como, was serviced in June, the vehicle owner said. The bus is believed to have caught fire after the tire exploded.
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