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Children escape injury in bus crash

PUBLISHED: 20:35 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 July 2010

Children escaped serious injury after the school bus they were on crashed in south Norfolk today .

The route 4 bus from Old Buckenham High School was taking around 30 pupils to Eccles, Wilby and Quidenham villages when it was involved in a collision with a lorry on Banham Road in Kenninghall at 3.

Children escaped serious injury after the school bus they were on crashed in south Norfolk.

The route 4 bus from Old Buckenham High School was taking around 30 pupils to Eccles, Wilby and Quidenham villages when it was involved in a collision with a lorry on Banham Road in Kenninghall at 3.40pm on Thursday. One child suffered a minor arm injury and a few were treated for shock, but no-one was seriously hurt. Parents soon arrived on the scene and helped to lead the children to safety.

The bus driver sustained minor injures and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The lorry driver suffered bruising to his leg and was taken home. A handful of children were treated on the scene for shock and were taken to the N&N as a precaution.

Three fire engines, police and ambulances were sent to the scene and firefighters had to free one person, thought to be a driver.

Joy Glenister, acting headteacher at Old Buckenham High School, said: “I am thankful to say that all the children escaped serious harm, but were understandably shaken by the incident. One child did have a minor arm injury, which was checked by paramedics at the scene, but didn't require further treatment.

“I would like to thank parents who were at the scene, who helped to lead the young people away from the incident and towards Kenninghall to ensure they were safe.

“I hope that both the driver of the lorry and the coach are ok, and the school will of course be talking with the coach company and emergency services in due course to understand how the incident occurred.

“We will ensure that there is support in place in the school for any young person who feels the need to talk about what understandably was a disturbing experience.”

Norfolk County Council spokesman John Birchall said: “We will of course be anxious to find out exactly what happened, but our first concern is for the people injured in the accident. Fortunately, it seems that none of the children was seriously hurt. Accidents on home to school transport are rare, bearing in mind the thousands of children carried in each direction every day, but this must have been a shock for the young people on board and an anxious time for parents.”


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