UPDATED: Ten taken to hospital and bus driver arrested after accident between school bus and hgv at Grayrigg this morning (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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UPDATED: Ten taken to hospital and bus driver arrested after accident between school bus and hgv at Grayrigg this morning
10:52am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
TEN people have been taken to hospital by North West Ambulance Service following this morning's accident involving a school bus and a HGV on the A685 at Grayrigg, near Kendal.
One patient was airlifted to Royal Preston with non life-threatening head, arm and neck injuries.
One adult with a head injury, one adult with rib injury and one adult with neck pain were taken to Royal Lancaster.
Six children with minor injuries have also been taken to Royal Lancaster.
All patients have non life-threatening injuries.
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Environment Agency officials are at the scene because of the large amount of spilt diesel fuel from the HGV.
Cumbria County Council are have called out a specialist clean-up contractor to deal with the spillage, who are on site now.
In the meantime, motorists are advised to use the following diversions:
M6 junction 38 Tebay southwards to junction 37, then A684 into Kendal, and vice-versa.
For non-motorway traffic, a suitable route is to use the B6260 from Tebay to Orton, then the B6261 from Orton to Shap Toll Bar, and from there along the A6 to Kendal, and vice-versa.
The road will be reopened once the spillage has been cleaned and police have completed their investigation
In total, 30 people were involved in this morning’s collision - 28 passengers and two drivers.
Twenty-four passengers were aged between 11 and 18, with 14 girls and 10 boys.
Four adult passengers were involved, a man aged 61 from Devon, a woman aged 44 from Tebay, a woman aged 23 from Tebay and a woman aged 80 from Shap.
The bus company involved have confirmed that their service will resume in Kendal from 12:45 pm onwards.
The bus, which was travelling from Grayrigg to Kendal at the time, was a service bus carrying children to both Queen Katherine Schhol and Kirkbie Kendal School.
Both schools were contacted by the police to check which of their students were on the bus, and confirm that they were safe.
Queen Katherine School said five of their students had been taken to hospital with minor injuries, and 10 others had gone home.
A teacher from Queen Katherine School attended the scene to take a roll call of pupils known to be travelling on that bus.
Two pupils from Kirkbie Kendal School, who were related, were picked up by a parent from the scene and taken home.
Kirkbie Kendal headteacher Phil Hyman said: "None of the school children on the bus were seriously hurt, which is the good news in all this."
Police say the driver of the HGV, aged 44, was removed from the cabin by emergency services.
Watch Manager Paul Hanby was the first fire officer on the scene and said the driver of the HGV, aged 44, was trapped in his cabin when he arrived.
"We set up an elevated working platform by the cabin and the paramedics managed to free his legs and put him on a spinal board.
"He was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital - he had lost consciousness previously but was conscious, if a bit dazed, when we got there."
The driver of the bus, a man aged 47 from Kendal, has been arrested on suspicious of dangerous driving.
He is currently helping police with their inquiries.
North West Ambulance Service despatched five ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene with the first crews arriving at 8.41am.
Sergeant Graeme Hodgson of Cumbria Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said there were several witnesses but are appealing for anyone else with information to come forward.
Police are now launching an investigation into what caused the collision.
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