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Bus carrying 42 school children crashes and overturns in Norfolk

Published time: July 22, 2014 20:27
Reuters / Regis Duvignau

Reuters / Regis Duvignau

A coach carrying 42 school children crashed into a ditch in Norfolk on Tuesday morning, overturning on the A10.

Although there were no casualties, the driver sustained back injuries and had to be cut out of the vehicle. He was subsequently taken to Kings Lynn Hospital.

Another child was also transferred to hospital as a result of an ongoing medical condition, according to East England Ambulance Service. Emergency services were alerted of the accident at 11 a.m. local time, following reports of a coach crashing at Hilgay in Norfolk.

The passengers were on a day trip to the Norfolk coast.

The children, all of whom were protected by seat belts, are pupils at William Westley Primary School in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire. All passengers except for the bus driver were able to leave the vehicle immediately, according to local police.

In the aftermath of the incident, a number of passengers were in shock and received treatment at the scene. The A10 was closed while the cause of the crash was investigated. No other vehicles were involved.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council told the Wisbech Standard: “The bus which ended up in the ditch was one of three traveling in convoy so the children simply got on to the other two buses and are being taken back to the school. All of them are unhurt.”

Three separate ambulances, an air ambulance, and an array of fire engines were deployed to deal with the incident, local paramedics said.

Terry Hicks arrived at the scene on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service.

“Everyone was very calm and the children were a credit to both their parents and their teachers – and all of the emergency services worked well together at the scene to deal with the incident as quickly and smoothly as possible,” he said.

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