Colchester Head Street: Police close Essex road as bus catches fire

Essex Police cordoned off a road after a bus caught fire.

Emergency services, including Essex County Fire and Rescue Services and Essex Police, were called to Head Street in Colchester, after a bus caught fire around 4 p.m. yesterday after -midday (October 30).

The road was completely blocked off at the Southway junction, Colchester, while emergency services dealt with the blaze.

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As a result of the fire, motorists were diverted by Balkerne Hill, Colchester.

Bus services from First Buses and Arriva also experienced disruptions, with detour services through the city via Brook Street, as well as Balkerne Hill.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Services confirmed to be present at the scene, with firefighters extinguishing the flames at 4:15 p.m.

The cause of the fire was recorded as accidental.

A spokesperson for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Firefighters were called in to a vehicle fire in Head Street, Colchester at 4:05 pm yesterday (October 30).

“Upon arrival, crews reported that a bus was on fire and worked to put out the fire at 4:15 pm. The cause of the fire was accidental.

Essex Police have also confirmed to Essex Live that they have closed the road to assist firefighters during the bus blaze.

The road was reopened to motorists shortly after 6 p.m., about an hour and a half after the bus first burned down.

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