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Children injured as bus crashes

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The damaged double-decker bus at the scene of the crash

A double-decker bus carrying children on a school trip had its roof torn off when it crashed into a railway bridge in Leicester.

Sixteen people were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary with cuts and bruises after the bus hit the bridge over Lancaster Road.

Police are investigating how the crash happened, at just before 1030 GMT.

There were 52 children from Cantrell Primary School, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, on board at the time.

They were on a school trip to the New Walk Museum, Leicester.

'Possible shock'

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said it sent two crews to the scene, as well as a technical rescue team and heavy rescue team.

She said: "No persons were actually trapped."

Three ambulances, a fast response vehicle and patient transport vehicles were dispatched by East Midlands Ambulance Service.


This news is terrible and our thoughts are with the children, teachers and parents of the injured
Acting head teacher Ralph Surman

They treated 14 children and two adults for minor injuries.

Network Rail has engineers at the scene.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: "None of the injuries are thought to be serious.

"The remaining children are being supported and assessed for possible shock.

"Leicestershire Police are working with Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council to make parents aware.

"The investigation is in early stage, and officers are looking into events that led to the collision.

"No arrests have been made at this stage."

The school organised coaches to transport parents to their children.

The uninjured pupils have been taken back to Nottingham.

Acting head teacher Ralph Surman said: "This news is terrible and our thoughts are with the children, teachers and parents of the injured.

"The emergency services have been outstanding and close contact is being kept with all the families involved.

"A range of local authority services are at the school to support the children and families of the non-injured."



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