Bus crash in Cumbria - schoolchildren taken to hospital - driver bailed
Last updated at 14:06, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
THE DRIVER of a bus carrying schoolchildren involved in a crash with a lorry in Cumbria yesterday in which up to 20 people were injured has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
The collision occurred on the A685 at, Lowgill/Grayrigg area close to, Kendal at 8.25am on Monday between an HGV and a bus.
The bus was carrying 28 passengers at the time, including 24 schoolchildren aged between 11 and 18.
Ten people have been taken to hospital, including the driver of the HGV who was removed from the cabin and airlifted to Royal Preston with head, arm and neck injuries, and three other adults who have been taken to Lancaster Hospital.
Six children with minor injuries have been taken to Royal Lancaster. All patients have non life-threatening injuries.
Four adults passengers were involved in the incident, including a 61-year-old man from Devon, a 44-year-old woman from Tebay, a 23-year-old woman from Tebay, and a 80-year-old woman from Shap.
The driver of the bus, a man aged 47 from Kendal, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has been bailed until November pending further police investigations.
A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "All 10 patients have been taken to hospital; one patient airlifted to Royal Preston with non life-threatening head, arm and neck injuries, one adult with a head injury, one adult with rib injury and one adult with neck pain taken to Royal Lancaster.
"Six children with minor injuries have also been taken to Royal Lancaster. All patients have non life-threatening injuries."
South Lakes MP Tim Farron praised the emergency services for their swift response to the incident.
He said: “I want to pay tribute to the emergency services for their commitment, speed and professionalism. They did amazing work this morning and I want to thank them for all they did.”
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are at the scene. The Environment Agency and a specialist clean-up crew from Cumbria County Council are also present to deal with the large amount of spilt diesel from the HGV.
The road was reopened yesterday evening.
Police thanked everyone for their patience.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Cumbria Roads Policing Unit.
First published at 10:00, Monday, 23 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Strange comment considering we are in Cumbria!!!!!
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