CHILDREN were being treated in hospital but were lucky to be alive today after the roof was ripped off their double-decker bus when it hit a low railway bridge.
The youngsters were on their way to St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School, Newbold, when the double decker bus they were travelling in got wedged beneath a railway bridge on Whittington Road, New Whittington.
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Police sealed off the crash scene while paramedics and firefighters helped treat injured pupils before they were taken to hospital by ambulance.
Staff from their school raced to the scene to help the children and travelled with them to hospital.
Operational support manager Craig Whyles, of East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “On arrival, we assessed the children to determine the level of care and treatment they needed.
“As expected the children were very distressed and several had sustained minor facial injuries.
“One child was transported to hospital with serious injuries but at that time they were not thought to be life threatening.
“We cared for and transported children to Chesterfield Hospital using our three land ambulances and the Patient Transport Service vehicles for the children with minor injuries.
“Whilst treating the patients our crews did what they could to calm the children and offer some reassurance to the parents who had arrived on scene.”
A police probe into the circumstances surrounding the collision is under way.
The bus operator involved, TM Travel, has not yet commented.
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