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‘Massive bang’ as roof torn off school bus, leaving children ‘seriously’ hurt in ‘scary’ crash

Written by on 10 September 2020

Three children have been seriously injured and more than a dozen more hurt after a double-decker school bus crashed into a bridge in Hampshire.

Police told Sky News they had been called to a “serious collision” on Well House Lane, Winchester, at 8.10am.

“A school bus collided with a railway bridge causing significant damage to the top of the bus,” Hampshire Police said.

“Three students with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, have been taken to hospital. A further 13 students with minor injuries have been dealt with at the scene.”

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The scene of the crash. Pic: Winchester Today
The scene on Well House Lane in Winchester after three children were taken to hospital with serious injuries while 13 others suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were travelling in crashed into a railway bridge.
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The bus collided with the tunnel in Winchester

One witness told Sky News the bus was full and that a number of pupils had been hurt.

“The roof was taken off by the tunnel and fell on the side of the bus,” they said.

All the students involved were from Henry Beaufort School and aged between 11 and 16.

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School pupils after the bus crash in Winchester
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School pupils after the bus crash

Student Jake Coates, 14, who was on the vehicle, said it took the wrong turn “because it was running late.

“The bus picked me up at the bottom of the hill and instead of going the normal route, it parked to let a car go round and came up the hill.”

He realised it was going the wrong way when it passed under the bridge, he said.

The scene of the crash. Pic: Winchester Today
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The scene of the crash. Pic: Winchester Today

“When it went through the bridge, there was this massive bang and you could smell the friction, the smoke, and all the windows smashed, and glass came in and people had glass on them, and cuts.

No one lost any limbs, he said, but a student was cut across the throat, while another had cuts on the head.

There was screaming, he said, after the collision, and “everyone was panicked, shaking, shocked… it was quite scary”.

The scene on Well House Lane in Winchester after three children were taken to hospital with serious injuries while 13 others suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were travelling in crashed into a railway bridge.
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The scene on Well House Lane in Winchester after three children were taken to hospital with serious injuries while 13 others suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were travelling in crashed into a railway bridge.

The bus driver told them to stay on the vehicle, but a woman who was passing, stopped and got on, and told them to get off, he added.

Jake’s mother, who is a nurse, he said, was “helping someone who had a bad cut on their forehead”.

“Some people had been injured and there were adults helping them, taking them to the side.”

Well House Lane is closed from the junction with Andover Road North to School Lane as emergency services deal with this incident.

“We are working in cooperation with the school and Hampshire County Council children’s services to provide support to the students and their parents,” police said.