Sheffield schools issue injury update after bus carrying pupils crashes into shop

Two Sheffield schools have issued statements over a bus crash involving some of their pupils.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 2:38 pm

Sheffield High School For Girls has confirmed that 15 of its pupils were onboard a bus which crashed into a barbers on Handsworth Road, Handsworth, this morning.

Birkdale School has confirmed that eight of its pupils were also on the bus.

The bus, operated by Central Travel, ploughed into Stay Fresh Barbers at 7.50am as youngsters were on their way to school.

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The scene in Handsworth Road, Sheffield - Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It narrowly missed people stood at a nearby bus stop and an investigation into the incident has been launched.

An emergency reception centre has been set up and the parents of all those involved have been informed.

Pupils from three schools were onboard the bus.

Nina Gunson, Head of Sheffield High School for Girls, said: “An independently operated school bus travelling from Worksop to Sheffield Girls’ was involved in a road traffic accident on Handsworth Road near the junction with Richmond Road at around 7.50am this morning.

Shocked residents said it was fortunate that pedestrians on the busy road were not seriously injured or killed.

“Fifteen pupils from Sheffield Girls’ were travelling on the bus.

“All children have been assessed by the emergency services and a small number have been treated for minor injuries.

“All children are safe and are being looked after. Parents of children involved in the accident have been made aware.”

Peter Harris, Headmaster of Birkdale School, said: “An independently operated school bus travelling from Worksop to Birkdale was involved in a road traffic accident on Handsworth Road near the junction with Richmond Road at around 7.50am this morning.

“Six pupils from Birkdale were travelling on the bus. They have minor injuries but thankfully are not badly hurt. All children are safe and are being looked after. “Parents of children involved in the accident have been made aware.

“Thank you to the emergency services for their efforts in looking after our pupils and those on the bus from Sheffield Girls’.”

Police, paramedics and firefighters were deployed to the crash scene, which is cordoned off.

Traffic can still pass but there are some delays.

Arrangements are being made to assess the damaged barbers and to secure the shop.