Bus driver arrested over road accident

A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after six children and four adults were injured in a road traffic accident.

Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision in Cumbria involving an HGV and a bus.

The emergency services were called to the scene of the accident on the A685 in Greyrigg, near Kendal, at 8.25am on Monday.

Young passengers on bus

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said 10 injured people, including six children, were taken to hospitals in Preston and Lancaster.

He added that six children with minor injuries were also taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. All the patients have non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the bus, a 47-year-old man from Kendal, was arrested following the accident, which involved a total of 28 passengers and two drivers.

The 44-year-old driver of the HGV, also from Kendal, was removed from his cabin by emergency services and airlifted to Preston Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

There were 24 passengers aged between 11 and 18 on the bus – 14 girls and 10 boys. Four adult passengers were also involved.

Road closed after accident

The bus company confirmed that its service resumed in Kendal from 12.45pm. The road was closed for several hours while collision investigation officers examined the scene.

Local schools were informed and parents were advised to contact their schools if they had any concerns.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Cumbria roads policing unit.

Thankfully, bus crashes are not a regular occurrence on Britain’s roads, but car accidents still happen every day, and Accident Advice Helpline can help injured victims claim the compensation they are entitled to.

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