Investigation launched after school bus collides with van

A bus carrying approximately two dozen primary school children collided with a van on a rural road on the outskirts of Derry on Monday morning.

Monday, 5th September 2016, 12:58 pm
Updated Monday, 5th September 2016, 2:01 pm
Twenty-four passengers were on board the bus at the time of the incident.

No serious injuries were reported but one passenger was taken to hospital “as a precautionary measure”, a Translink spokesperson said.

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The collision, between the school bus and a van, took place at around 8am on the Ballyhanedin Road between the villages of Claudy and Feeny in Co. Derry.

The bus was carrying children to Cumber Claudy Primary School and St Colmcille’s Primary School.

The road was closed after the collision but was re-opened at around 11.30am.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “A number of minor injuries have been reported.”

A spokesperson for Translink said: “An Ulsterbus school service was involved in a road traffic collision with another vehicle at around 0800 this morning, September 5 on Ballyhanedin Road between Feeny and Claudy.

“There were 24 passengers on board the service travelling to Cumber Claudy Primary School and St Colmcille’s Primary School. “Emergency services attended the scene, and one passenger was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. A relief bus transported the other passengers onwards.

“An investigation into the circumstances of the collision will be carried out by Translink and the PSNI.”