Coach taking kids on school trip to Alton Towers crashes in Renishaw

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Five pupils were treated by paramedics after a coach taking schoolchildren on a trip to Alton Towers crashed into a central reservation in Renishaw.

The incident happened at just after 9am on Thursday. The coach was travelling along the M1 southbound between Woodall Services and the exit for junction 30, when it crossed from lane one to lane four and collided with the central reservation. The coach then exited at junction 30 and travelled along the A6135 towards Renishaw.

Five children were treated at the scene by East Midlands Ambulance Service but none was seriously injured. The driver of the coach was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. His condition is not known.

The coach party was on its way from Scunthorpe to Alton Towers in Staffordshire when the collision happened. The road was clear by noon after the children were taken back to school in another coach.

Anyone who saw the coaches before the collision or saw what happened during the crash should contact PC Jason Potts on 101, quoting incident number 147 of July 14th or send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the police website: www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us<http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.