INJURED youngsters have been taken to hospital after a school bus smashed into a bridge – slicing its roof straight off.
It is understood that 18 teenagers travelling on the double decker TM Travel bus to St Mary’s Catholic School in Newbold, which hit a railway bridge on Works Road, Barrow Hill, at about 8.30am on Tuesday, have attended A&E at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
One boy has been left with ‘serious’ facial injuries and all were ‘shocked and traumatised’, said the hospital. Chiefs said they had not been able to get in touch with all parents but stressed there were no life-threatening injuries and everyone was being well looked after.
At the scene this morning shocked parents raced to see if their children were safe while the walking wounded clutched bandaged hands or heads.
The wrecked roof of the bus lay in a tangle of metal on the road with the damaged vehicle stood on the other side of the bridge.
Traumatised youngsters, some with the blood of classmates spattered on their uniforms, spoke of a “huge bang” as the bus hit, with glass raining down around them as children screamed in panic.
Police, fire and ambulance were in attendance.
Sgt John Whitworth told the Derbyshire Times: “Several children have been taken to hospital, at this time the injuries aren’t believed to be life threatening, however further details may be released later.
“The road police unit for Derbyshire Constabulary are currently investigating.
“If there are any witnesses they should call police on 0345 123 3333.”
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