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School bus stranded for five hours

The school bus trapped in the flood in Medbourne. (Picture by Gary Gardner).

The school bus trapped in the flood in Medbourne. (Picture by Gary Gardner).

A school bus was left stranded for about five hours after getting stuck in a flooded district street.

The single-deck coach was driving through Hallaton Road in Medbourne on Monday morning when it became stuck in water several feet high at about 7am.

Eyewitness Gary Gardener, who has lived in the village for 12 years, said: “The road often floods and it has been bad over the last few days. I think its time that some sort of measuring stick is placed at the entrance to the road to warn drivers about the depths of the water when it floods, because it is difficult to judge, especially if it is dark.

“The coach was stuck for about five hours and there were children left on the bus for a long time. Some were carried to the side of the road by the bus driver and were collected by their parents.

“From what I heard the water had got into the engine and killed it. I offered to winch it out with my 4x4 but there was no power in the engine to move it.”

He said the area is a flood trap because rainwater from the surrounding hills rolls down into the natural valley.

It is not yet clear which school the bus was on its way to. Some children in Medbourne attend Uppingham Community College but the school has said none of its pupils were involved.

The bus was from the Nesbit Brothers Coaches company of Somerby in Melton Mowbray.

The Mail has contacted the company for a statement and is awaiting a response.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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