Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Limerick: College students damage at school bus crash

The scene of a school bus crash in Caherconlish Co Limerick where at least 18 schoolchildren were injured The scene of a school bus crash in Caherconlish Co Limerick where at least 18 schoolchildren were injured
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 12:57

A police spokesperson said: "A number of students have been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment".

The incident occurred at around 8.30am on the R513 outside the village of Caherconlish, and resulted in the bus entering a ditch and tipping over onto its left side.

The cause of the collision is not known at this moment.

A Bus √Čireann spokeswoman said the bus was fitted with seat belts "as all those operating school transport services must".

Other children who were on the bus at the time of the crash were taken to schools in the local area where they were being met by parents and relatives. Details about the vehicle and its driver involved in the accident were not mentioned in the report.

The students were from John the Baptist Community School in the town of Hospital.

The injuries sustained mostly consisted of "musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries", but also included a small number of fractures.

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"Their injuries were just scrapes.I think one thumb is in a cast because of torn ligaments but they are all well, very shocked", she said.

The driver of another vehicle involved is being cut from the wreckage by emergency service personnel.

No students were aboard the bus, which had stopped to pickup students at the apartment complex in the 1400 block of Washington Street at about 6:48 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

Bus Eireann in a statement confirmed that the bus involved was a sub-contracted vehicle.

Four units attached to Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service are now on at the scene.

A fleet of ambulances are at the scene, and an air ambulance helicopter is there on standby.

University Hospital Limerick group chief executive officer Prof Colette Cowan said it was a distressing incident for all involved. Our own staff at UHL showed exceptional dedication in managing the situation with many turning up to help without having been called in.