A BUS full of schoolchildren escaped injury after their vehicle was hit by falling masonry in Lockwood.
The Stotts Coaches bus was hit by debris from a chimney collapse at the parade of shops on Swan Lane, at 12.15pm yesterday .
It was taking pupils back to Mount Pleasant Infant, Nursery and Junior School on Lockwood Road after a swimming trip.
The debris smashed the bus door but nobody was hurt.
Swan Lane was closed between the junctions with Victoria Road and Lockwood Road for 30 minutes, while police made sure the chimney was safe.
An ambulance was called to the scene as a precaution.
A replacement coach was sent out and the driver delivered the pupils to school and continue his duties.
Staff at Hadfields takeaway, witnessed the incident.
One woman said: “If the bus was a couple of feet further on and the debris could have hit a child.
“It was nobody’s fault, these are just old buildings. But the children will have been shocked.”
Mark Stott, one of the owners of Stotts Coaches, said £800 worth of damage was caused to the bus.
He added: “It could have been much worse. It was a shock to the driver and passengers.”