A group of teenagers had a lucky escape after the limousine which was taking them to their prom lost a wheel and caught fire.
Sixteen boys from Swanwick Hall School were on their way to their end of year celebration at Pride Park stadium, Derby, when the stretch Hummer they were travelling in came to an abrupt halt.
A front wheel had come off causing a back wheel to spark. All the teens made it to their prom after the limo firm sent out another vehicle, but two boys later needed hospital treatment for whiplash and shoulder muscle damage. Paul Roberts, of Somercotes, whose 16-year-old son Joe was also travelling in the limo, said: “The next day he was aching all over and we had to take him to A&E in Derby.
The teenagers paid £31 each for the limo but have been told they will not be getting a refund. The incident happened off the A52 in Derby on June 27. A police spokesman said the force of the car falling to the ground had caused a large “gouge” in the road.
Geoff Smith, of Midlands Limos, of Langley Mill, which owns the vehicle said: “The vehicle’s front bearing collapsed. This happens due to wear and tear. The driver was only going about five to 10mph and the children all got in to another vehicle. The parents were quite upset but it is just one of those things. You don’t expect it to happen but vehicles do break down.
“The vehicle has an MOT certificate and had been checked.”
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