Minibus carrying six children overturns on M1 in South Yorkshire

The minibus involved in a crash on the M1 in South Yorkshire today
The minibus involved in a crash on the M1 in South Yorkshire today
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The M1 northbound in South Yorkshire has re-opened - after a minibus carrying six children overturned earlier today.

The Highways Agency closed the road between junctions 37 and 38 - near Dodworth, Barnsley - while investigations into the cause of the crash were carried out.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at 4.30am today.

They found a minibus, which had been carrying a group of children, on its side.

The youngsters and one adult had managed to get out before police officers, paramedics and firefighters arrived.

Another adult had to be cut free from the bus.

Police said the bus collided with the central reservation.

Five of the six children in the car, aged between four months and nine years, suffered cuts and bruises but a four-year-old boy suffered a broken arm.

The children’s mother - a 33-year-old woman from Leeds - suffered potentially life-altering injuries to her arm.

A 19-year-old man, also from Leeds, was also seriously injured.

The children’s father, a 33-year-old man from Leeds, who was driving the bus, was unharmed.

Witnesses should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 127 of June 25.