School kids in bus smash

SP88843 Crash at Barrow Hill
SP88843 Crash at Barrow Hill

EMERGENCY services were called out after a bus packed with school children crashed into the under-side of a bridge.

Derbyshire fire service revealed how the collision happened near Whittington Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, at 8.40am, today, March 15, and the impact ripped the bus roof off.

A fire service spokesman said: “A bus has gone under a railway bridge and it’s believed it was carrying children and it’s believed the roof has come off.”

St Mary’s School, on Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, issued a statement on its website for concerned parents of any school children who may been involved.

It stated: “We have been informed that there has been an accident with the 144 bus at Barrow Hill.

“We do not have any confirmed information as yet but we will keep this site updated as soon as we have any further information.”

Police told how they were called out to reports of the crash near Works Road, at the second bridge coming out of Barrow Hill.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital revealed eleven youngsters aged between 13 to 14 were being treated for injuries in relation to the collision but were regarded as “walking wounded”.

Witnesses are urged to call Derbyshire constabulary on 0345 123 3333 or the police appeal line on (01773) 572929.