School bus crash kids treated at Altnagelvin

Altnagelvin Hospital.

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A number of people involved in a crash between a school bus and a car in County Tyrone on Monday morning have been taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

The crash happened on the Omagh Road in Drumquin.

Ambulance Service spokesman John McPoland said 48 people were treated at the scene for injuries, but none of these were serious.

The bus was travelling from Castlederg to secondary schools in Omagh.

“The vast majority need to be checked because of their age,” said Mr. McPoland, adding that six people had “slightly more than minor injuries”.

He said this would have included children who banged their heads off the bus windows, but he said no-one went through any windows.

Mr McPoland said three of the 48 patients had been brought to hospital by ambulance service A&E crews due to the nature of their injuries, which although not serious, required further assessment.

The children and the occupants of the car were taken on two Translink buses to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and Altnagelvin Hospital.

They were accompanied by paramedics.

It is understood both the bus and the car ended up on their sides in a field.

The bus involved in the crash was operated by Translink.

In a statement, the company said: “We can confirm that an incident has occurred involving an Ulsterbus carrying school pupils and a car on the Drumquin Road, County Tyrone, at approximately 8.20am.

“Emergency services were called to the scene and an investigation is under way.”

A spokesperson for the Western Education Board said: “Thankfully, there appears to be no major injuries. The safety and wellbeing of pupils is the WELB’s main concern and the Board continues to liaise with PSNI, Translink and both hospitals.”

She said the WELB’s Critical Incident Response Team has been in touch with all schools involved to offer support.