FEEDER singer Grant Nicholas has praised the quick-thinking driver who he claims saved lives after their coach was destroyed by fire in Calderdale.
Six fire crews including firefighters from Elland and Halifax fought the blaze on the group's double-decker bus on Saturday morning. It closed two lanes of the westbound carriageway between junctions 22, Ripponden, and 23, Outlane, for two hours.
The coach driver Colin Campbell spotted smoke and flames billowing out of the back of the bus and immediately pulled on to the hard shoulder.
He woke the 13 crew members who were sleeping on the bus to evacuate them.
Just minutes after everyone was safely away from the vehicle it burst into flames.
The band were not on the bus, they were travelling on another coach in convoy with the crew's bus.
Nicholas said: "It's terrifying to think what might have happened, just shocking. We can't praise Colin enough for his quick thinking and action, he saved all their lives. We'd also like to thank the police and firefighters who dealt with the situation."
Feeder, who sang Buck Rogers and Just the Way I'm Feeling, are currently on their UK tour and were travelling from Scotland, where they had played the Glasgow Barrowlands, to Lincoln.
All of the 13 men and women in the crew lost all of their personal belongings as well as tour equipment and merchandise.
After hearing about the accident the JD Sport's store in Lincoln kitted the crew out with more than 800 worth of clothing and footwear. In return staff were given tickets for Saturday's Lincoln performance.