Dorset Students Injured in Bus Crash
11:37am 15th October 2012
(Updated 3:05pm 15th October 2012)
Students travelling to Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester have been injured after their bus crashed into a ditch.
The double-decker, registered First Bus, had 56 pupils on board all aged between 16 and 18.
6 - Including the driver - were taken to hospital after the vehicle lost control and ended up on its side off down an embankment on the A350 near Poole this morning (Monday 15th October 2012).
Dorset Fire and Rescue Teams spent 90 minutes clearing the scene.
A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance told Wessex FM: "None of the casualties are thought to be in a life threatening condition. There are a number of patients thought to be walking wounded and they will be treated by ambulance clinicians at a location near to where the incident occurred."
Kingston Maurward College Principal Clare Davison said:
“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority and obviously we are extremely concerned about this incident.
“We have set up a team at the college and we are liaising directly with the emergency services. The police have informed us that a small number of our students on the First Buses Route D bus from Kinson have been taken to hospital with minor injuries. The remaining students were taken to a safe location where the police have contacted parents to collect them or they have returned to college.
“We are talking to First Buses and will work closely with the police to understand how this occurred. We will also be offering additional support to the students involved.
“We are calling all parents and guardians of students affected and have set up a direct line for them to contact us. Anyone concerned can call 07894 751302.”