Pupils escape injury after ‘minor accident’

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Pupils of a Limavady school escaped injury after the bus they were travelling in was involved in what officials have described as a minor road traffic accident.

A Western Education and Library Board (WELB) spokesperson confirmed to the ‘Journal’ the accident occurred on Thursday afternoon.

The Board bus was transporting six pupils from Rossmar Special School, when it was involved in a minor road traffic accident on the Burnfoot Road, outside Dungiven.

The spokesperson said: “Fortunately, no injuries were sustained.”

The spokesperson said the Board immediately dispatched a replacement vehicle to transport pupils from the scene, and all parents were notified.

“The PSNI attended the scene and the Board will complete a full accident report,” said the spokesperson, adding: “The safety and wellbeing of pupils is the WELB’s main concern and the Board is confident that it continues to provide a safe school transport service, with this type of incident remaining extremely rare.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police attended a two vehicle RTC at Burnfoot Road near Dungiven which was reported at around 3.50pm on Thursday 13th November. There were no reports of any injuries.

Limavady SDLP Councillor Gerry Mullan said: “I’m relieved to hear there were no injuries caused to those in volved.

“This type of incident is very rare, however, I’m sure this was a shock for those involved and their loved ones.

“Thankfully, everyone is reported to be okay and I trust the investigation will establish what happened.”