Forty children have survived a serious accident after the bus they were travelling on crashed down an embankment.
There were no serious injuries, although 26 pupils were taken to hospital after the white school bus they were travelling on veered off-road in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire on Thursday, February 9, at around 8.45am.
The pupils, aged between 12 and 17, were travelling to Our Lady’s High School – a Roman Catholic comprehensive school and sixth form.
Head teacher Danny McNulty said: “An incident took place this morning where one of our school buses overturned. As a precaution a number of pupils were taken to hospital. Thankfully it would appear there are no serious injuries.”
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they had dispatched “multiple resources” to Dowanfield Road including accident and emergency units, trauma team and special operations response teams.
“A major incident was declared and all relevant health boards were informed,” the spokesman said.
A ‘dangerous road’
Ashleigh Douglas, 30, of Ravenswood, Cumbernauld, saw the accident occur.
She said: “It’s a very dangerous road. It leads down to the football pitches at the bottom.
“I saw the bus turn the corner and it clipped the kerb. It looked like the left-hand wheel had caught fire and then all of a sudden it went over the embankment.”
Police Scotland say enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing.
Ms Douglas was on her way to the shops with her five-year-old daughter.
“Luckily Esther never saw anything and just saw the police arrive.”
A speedy response
The school has praised the response of emergency services who attended the major accident.
The head teacher added: “I would like to thank the emergency services for their speedy response this morning, and the entire school community who pulled together at this difficult time to support one another.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown