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Monday, 22 December 2014

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High winds blow Cumbrian primary school bus off road

A bus carrying children home from school was blown off the road in high winds near Carlisle this afternoon.

School bus photo
The coach in the ditch

The single-decker coach belonging to Irvings of Dalston was on its way from Bowness-on-Solway school when the accident happened between Port Carlisle and Glasson at 3.37 pm.

The driver, a 50-year-old man, suffered a sprained wrist. It is understood that one child was slightly hurt.

The bus came off the road and ended up partially in a ditch resting on trees next to the old canal.

Most of the children were collected by their parents although Irvings also sent out a replacement coach.

Farmer John Hogg, 42, who lives next to the crash scene said: “It was only the trees that were holding the coach up. I don’t think anyone was badly hurt but the children were quite upset and there was a bit of screaming.”

One father had two young children on the bus.

He said: “The accident happened on a stretch of road where there are several bends. My children are okay  - one was checked over by ambulance staff as a precaution”

Bus owner George Irving praised his driver, who he said was very experienced.

He added speed had not been an issue in the accident. The coach's tachograph showed it was only travelling at 24mph at the time of the incident.

Have your say

Ron Beaty, are you for real? School buses are the only option for some school pupils, not everyone comes from families with transport. Instead of looking at the injuries and fatalities on school buses why not look at how many children get to and from school safely every day using school transport? How many children get injured or killed walking/ cycling to school? In a time when we are trying to reduce pollution and it seems like you are trying to promote every school pupil travelling in their own car to school.
As a Richard Rose Sixth Form student I regularly travel on Irvings of Dalston coaches between the two sites at Morton and Lismore Place, I have been on several different coaches of theirs over the last two years, all of which have had fully working seat belts, I don't have a single complaint about this company they have got me to and from school safely everyday for the last two years, accidents do happen, but that is exactly what that was, it was no ones fault there is no one to blame.

Posted by regular school bus user on 5 February 2011 at 21:36

Ron,
I know this company very well and know they have operated for over 30 years and have had school contracts for that length of time. They adhere to all safety aspects - they have to when other peoples' lives are in their hands. ALL of the coaches are fitted with seat belts as it is the requirement and the drivers are all CRB checked and very experienced. Driver did very well in the circumstances. It is the school's decision to close early and I don't suppose wind would be a factor compared to snow/ice etc. The operator can't ring every school he is contracted to every time there is bad weather. The coaches are all maintained and serviced regularly and are subject to random safety checks.

Posted by Dawn on 5 February 2011 at 18:00

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