British families' Disneyland bus trip terror after coach bursts into flames in Paris

There were 39 people on board the coach

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British familes' Disneyland bus trip terror after coach bursts into flames in Paris

A coach full of British families was engulfed in flames after being hit by a a tanker and a lorry in Paris.

The bus carrying 39 people was on the way to Disneyland at the time of the crash.

The National Holidays coach burst into flames minutes after the crash and parents from the North East and Yorkshire hurried to get their young children to safety, reports the Daily Mail.
Passengers left behind money, passports and clothes in their rush to escape the bus, ITV news reports.

A young British mum and her four-year-old daughter were amongt those on the bus.

Kayleigh Wilkinson,27, from Stockton-on-Tees described the dramatic escape to BBC Tees.

She said she was asleep at the time of the crash on the A1 motorway.

"The next thing I knew was hearing a really loud crash and the bus jolted forward. Bags were going everywhere and people were shouting."

"A passenger behind us said 'Everyone needs to get off right now because that tanker is on fire'.

"Everyone flew to the front of the bus and a gentleman and I were passing children between each other before the adults got off.

"We were shouting 'Give me the kids!' We were throwing children over the door to them to safety."

Ms Wilkinson was determined to continue her holiday to Disneyland despite the ordeal and the family arrived at the park on Saturday.

"We will try and salvage what we can from this holiday. We are staying; my little girl has been looking forward to this," she said.

Two people travelling in the lorries died.

The road was closed for several hours while around 70 firefighters worked to bring the flames under control.

A spokesman for National Holidays said: "Our team has worked through the night to get passengers to their destination at Disneyland Paris and provide options for them to return home or continue with their holiday, providing funds and helping to supply replacement clothing for those families whose luggage was damaged.

"At the moment, the majority of the 39 passengers have opted to stay in Disneyland.

"Such incidents are, thankfully, rare and we will be working closely with French investigators to establish the facts over the coming days."

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