Police quiz bridge crash driver

Inside the damaged bus
Inside the damaged bus
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POLICE have spoken to the driver of a school bus which had its roof sliced off when the vehicle got stuck under a bridge - injuring children.

Derbyshire Police have revealed that the driver was spoken to by officers at the crash scene and that he is helping them with their enquiries.

He was not arrested but gave officers his version of events and an explanation for what happened.

The driver took the double-decker bus under a bridge on Whittington Road, New Whittington, which was three foot lower than the vehicle.

The roof was ripped off the bus, which was carrying a number of children on the top deck.

The youngsters only survived because pupils Mitchum Bates, aged 12, and pal James Coakley, 11, sitting at the front shouted “duck” when they saw the bus was going to hit the bridge.

Most of the pupils of St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School, Upper Newbold, escaped with cuts and bruises but one boy lost his teeth when the bus collided with the bridge.

Some were given first aid at the scene by paramedics and firefighters while others were taken to hospital for treatment. A spokeswoman for the school said: “A number of them have returned to school. Our priorities are to support the pupils and their families and to help them to return to school as soon as possible.

“One boy is still in hospital with facial injuries and a girl was admitted on Tuesday.”

Parents said a single-decker is normally used to transport their children to school but if double-decker is used the drivers find an alternative route to avoid the low bridge.

Bus operator TM Travel, based at Halfway, Sheffield, has refused to comment on the collision.