Tourists’ for­tu­nate es­cape af­ter coach top­ples into ditch

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Belgian Visitors In Terrifying Crash - By Kristina Cur­tis and Ai­dan Bar­low

A group of Bel­gian tourists had a lucky es­cape last Fri­day when the coach they were trav­el­ling in top­pled into a ditch near junc­tion 10 of the M20.

It is un­der­stood the ve­hi­cle was suf­fer­ing from me­chan­i­cal prob­lems on the mo­tor­way so the driver pulled off the M20 onto the A2070 dual car­riage­way at around 11.30am.

The driver then turned down Church Road, Sev­ing­ton to pull over but the ve­hi­cle went into a ditch at the side of the road which left the coach bal­anced pre­car­i­ously on its side.

Amaz­ingly no one was se­ri­ously in­jured with paramedics treat­ing just mi­nor cuts and bruises at the scene.

The most prom­i­nent dam­age ap­peared to be the coach’s smashed wind­screen.

There were fears that the busy A2070, head­ing to­wards Or­bital Park, would have to closed just be­fore the evening rush hour pe­riod in or­der to re­cover the ve­hi­cle.

How­ever, in the end it wasn’t nec­es­sary and the coach was re­cov­ered, and Church Road cleared, by about 5pm.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We were called at 11.28am.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended along with am­bu­lance staff but no se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported.”

Pic­ture: Mick Gould’s Com­mer­cials Ltd

A coach with tourists from Bel­gium suf­fered a brakes fail­ure on the M20 mo­tor­way. The driver man­aged to get the coach off the mo­tor­way and into a coun­try road where it then crashed into a ditch

Pic­ture: Mick Gould’s Com­mer­cials Ltd

Top, the coach was be­ing driven on the M20 when it suf­fered me­chan­i­cal prob­lems but the driver man­aged to guide the ve­hi­cle off the mo­tor­way. Above, the coach is re­cov­ered

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