Heroes’ match day treat

Scene of the school bus crash at Works Road, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield.
Scene of the school bus crash at Works Road, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield.
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A GROUP of on-the-ball children who saved the lives of fellow students when their bus crashed into a bridge were treated to a VIP day out by Sheffield United.

The youngsters were on a double-decker bus going to St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, when the roof was sliced off as the driver went through a low railway bridge.

St Mary's Roman Catholic High School pupils Alisha Bailey, Harry Thompson, George Thompson, James Coakley and Mitchum Bates with friends at Bramall Lane.

St Mary's Roman Catholic High School pupils Alisha Bailey, Harry Thompson, George Thompson, James Coakley and Mitchum Bates with friends at Bramall Lane.

Mitchum Bates, James Coakley and Harry and George Thompson were all at the front of the bus and shouted “duck” when they realised the bus was going to crash into the bridge.

Their warning gave fellow students vital seconds to protect themselves as the roof was ripped off above them.

Sheffield United arranged for the boys to be treated to a VIP day out at Bramall Lane for the derby with Leeds.

Dave McCarthy, United’s head of operations, said: “This story is one that particularly struck a chord with Blades staff and players and really hit home as the daughter of a staff member was on the bus and suffered minor cuts and bruises.

“We wanted to praise the boys for their quick response and so we treated them to a VIP day at the Leeds game and presented them with a box full of United goodies each.”

In total, 18 pupils went to hospital for treatment and check-ups. Police are investigating.

A TM Travel spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts and best wishes go to the children who were injured and their families. We are co-operating fully with the authorities.”