Tuesday 22 August 2017

Teenage girl dies after minibus collides with bin lorry on school trip in Birmingham

Victoria Ward

A 14-year-old girl has died after a school minibus collided with a lorry.

The accident, on the busy A38 Kingsbury Road in the Erdington area of Birmingham, involved Year 9 and 12 pupils from John Taylor High School in Staffordshire who were on an art trip.

A second teenage girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

There were 21 pupils and three teachers on the bus. Several were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: "There were 25 patients from the mini bus, one of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

"A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment."

The spokesman said a further 19 children and five adults, including the minibus driver and the lorry driver, were assessed and discharged at the scene.

Both drivers are assisting the police with their enquiries.

Eyewitness Alex Jeffers, 19, a trainee accountant, said: "As I was walking across, I heard a loud bang behind me.

"I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop.

"Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop.

"All the emergency services came straight away."

Michelle Gower, 43, a mother waiting to pick up her daughter, was in tears as she said: "It's awful. It's horrible. It's not good news to hear.

"I really don't feel like I can speak about it at the moment.

"I just need her to be back with me now."

A spokesperson for Bagnall's coaches refused to comment on the incident.

The bus involved was a 29-seat Mercedes, fully fitted with seatbelts.

According to UK law, all children on the coach would have been required to wear them.

The school bus and the lorry remained behind a police cordon on Friday lunchtime, several hours after the 9am crash.

The school, in Barton-under-Needwood, near Burton-upon-Trent, said in a statement: "Please be aware that a number of our year nine and year 12 students that are on an art trip have been involved in a serious road traffic accident this morning.

"We are working to support those directly affected.

"Please support us by not ringing into school as this closes our lines.

"More information will be provided via the school website."

Telegraph.co.uk

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