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Lucky escape for schoolchildren as bus catches fire in Cork

The driver of the vehicle was hospitalised for smoke inhalation.

A GROUP OF schoolchildren from Co Clare had a lucky escape this morning when the bus they were travelling in caught fire.

Around 30 teenagers were evacuated from the vehicle as emergency services rushed to the scene in Buttevant, Co Cork.

The secondary school group is understood to have been travelling from Ennis when the blaze broke out on the N20 road.

Two fire brigade units from nearby Mallow and Charleville were alerted to the fire shortly before midday.

The driver of the bus is being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. None of the schoolchildren were injured in the incident, a spokesperson for Cork County Council said.

The bus company used by the school told that the cause of the blaze had not yet been determined.

Road diversions in the area have since been lifted.

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