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Barnsley team coach catches fire and closes motorway on their return from win at Exeter

The Barnsley team coach catches fire and closes the M5 motorway on their return from their 1-0 win at Exeter City on Saturday.

Traffic had been halted on the busy motorway at around 8pm with emergency services rushing to the scene as long queues built in both directions, before being reopened by 10:50pm.

Thankfully the League One club said that everyone was in ‘good health’ after evacuating the vehicle, and now footage shared online showed the outcome of the incident.

BARNSLEY STATEMENT:

Barnsley Football Club can confirm that on the way back from our fixture against Exeter City this evening, our club coach suffered complications and subsequently caught fire.

All players and staff on board were evacuated safely. Everyone is in good health.

We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift response.

The Club will make no further comment at this time and is focused on ensuring the safe return of staff and players.

– STATEMENT ENDS –

According to Barnsley Chronicle, the incident took place on the M5  south of Cheltenham at around 8pm, with a section of the motorway subsequently being closed.

Traffic had been stopped on the busy motorway with emergency services attending the scene near junction 11A (Gloucester/Cirencester) with queues building in both directions, however, only northbound was kept shut at 10.50pm.

Emergency services at the M5

Traffic and travel website ‘Inrix’, said: “M5 Northbound closed, very slow traffic due to coach fire from J12 A430 (Quedgeley / Hardwicke) to J11 A40 (Gloucester / Golden Valley Bypass).

“Congestion to the Southbound side, which is also blocked at J11A.”

While National Highways said: “The #M5 northbound remains closed between J12 & J11 near #Gloucester #Cheltenham due to a coach fire within J11A.

“Traffic caught within the closure is now being turned around via the rear of the queue. Thanks for your patience if you are held up.”

Highways England wrote:

Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 23:00 and 23:15 on 7 October 2023


Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 23:00 and 23:15 on 7 October 2023

it was a 90th minute header from John McAtee that sealed all three points and pick up a fifth successive victory on the road.

Exeter City: Sinisalo, Harper (Wildschut), Sweeney, Aimson (C), Hartridge (Cox), Jules, Kite (Muskwe), Cole (Taylor), Aitchison (Trevitt), Scott, Mitchell.

Unused subs: Woods, Richards.

Barnsley: Roberts, Williams (C), De Gevigney, Cadden (Dodgson), Kane, Russell (Phillips) Styles, O’Keeffe (Cotter, McCart, Watters (McAtee), Cole (Cosgrove).

Unused subs: Killip, Sheperd.

Referee: Scott Jackson

“I’d have been disappointed with a 0-0. To throw it away shows where we are at the moment. Big moments cost us,” Exeter boss Gary Caldwell said.

“We had a go. I think we can still play with more intensity but we did create some good opportunities, but always did look vulnerable in areas like that and concede a terrible goal at the end.

“We are causing ourselves our own problems. We have two weeks now to work hard on the training ground to put things right. We have to learn from it quickly and improve.

“We have to regroup and use the international break to recover and work hard. You don’t become a bad team overnight. We have gone against what we were doing early in the season.

“The realisation has to come that we have to be better.”

“I am obviously delighted with the win, I try not to be dictated to by results too much, otherwise it would drive you insane,” Barnsley manager Neill Collins said.

“We would have taken a point in the end, it was a very tough game, but I thought we played really well in the first half and just lacked a bit of quality at times – and I am sure Gary (Caldwell) will feel the same.

“There was not a lot in it and we probably created a few better moments, but I think they started the second half better than us. Once it got to about 60-65 minutes, we were the team that looked most like winning it.

“We created a few opportunities and had more possession. It could have gone either way, but the lads put in a very professional performance to win the game for us.

“There is no question that we had quality and fresh legs on the bench and we were able to make those changes but, when you make changes and you stick them on, you want them to do the job and they certainly did that.”

Twitter users reacted after the Barnsley team coach catches fire and closes the M5 motorway on their return from the 1-0 win at Exeter…

@tier2tom: I was driving behind and the coach caused damaged to my car I pulled off at next exit. Can someone get in touch. Came off M5 onto A40 and stopped in first lay by. Tyre blown and damage to front bumper stuck waiting for 3hrs now waiting for recovery.

@jackbfc1995: I know we’ve been on fire away from home lads but come on please leave it on the pitch, glad everyone safe and sound.

@DavidSpeedie10: Glad to hear everyone made it safely off the coach. It must have been a very scary experience.

@Bev_Swans: Thank goodness everyone is safe. My son’s been at a standstill there for almost 4 hours, he’s heading back to Manchester after driving to see @SwansOfficial at Plymouth today. By 10.20 I was back in Pembs, at midnight he still has 140 miles to go…hoping he gets home safely too

@remembermedaily: Not me sat here wondering how the footy coach is in good health if the poor bloke caught fire😬

@Brotonswfc: Team bus on fire, passengers are terrified… Glad everyones ok 👍

@_mags: Glad everyone is safe 👏👏

@RejectedBook: Glad everyone is safe and well . . . 🙏🙏❤️❤️ Our defence is terrified, your bus on fire.

@teamslikeLuton: Good grief had to read that twice, glad all OK. Up the Tarn from a Luton fan who’s always looking out for your results! Carlton and Mads are balling in The Prem and I know you’re proud of them both. All the best!

@MikeyMcMahon: Firstly and most importantly, I’m glad everyone’s ok! But a ‘complication’ is maybe abit of an understatement, it caught fire!

@jackhennessy19: Didnt look good at all as we went past.. thank fuck everyone is ok

@Pandamonium1881: Good to hear all OK

@LicklePuma: Yep, I’d say the team bus catching fire is a “complication” 😳

@Lenzo357: Glad everyone’s safe and well but I hope we got the kit off in time. With the delivery times that Fanatics have given us we’ll be borrowing development squads kit.

@emmajaneh_x: So glad to hear all are safe and well ❤️

@Lozzacoops77: Jesus passed it as it happened . Never seen anything like it. Glad everyone got out okay.

@Chris4RAFC: Bloody hell, Glad players and staff are ok

@bfcvesti: glad everyone is safe and unharmed! have a safe journey home reds ❤️👏🏻

@TarnXFev: Glad to hear everyone is okay

@Stevenorient: That’s not good, glad everyone is OK.

@MichaelBowers15: Thank goodness for that. Glad everyone was safe.

@LeeReyn92459660: Del Boy been selling dodgy radio’s again 👀

@CregDingle: The lads are that shit hot at the moment stuff just spontaneously combusts around them

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