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  • 3 June 2014, 15:59

School Bus Crash: Boy Airlifted To Hospital

A schoolboy is being treated for severe facial injuries after two school buses collided, injuring more than 20 passengers.

The boy was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle after the crash in Stanley, County Durham.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service said: "The doctor-led trauma team triaged the injured persons and a 12-year-old child was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious facial injuries."

Two adults and 50 children, aged 11 to 18, were on board the buses at the time of the accident.

One of the drivers was trapped for a "prolonged" period inside the bus and was among the injured.

Ken Ball, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service district commander for Derwentside, said: "When the first crew arrived they confirmed one driver was trapped on the yellow bus going up the hill, multiple casualties involved, the majority of which were walking wounded.

"The police did an excellent job along with paramedics to get them treated."

The accident happened at 8.20am on the A693 at the junction with Shield Row Lane close to the Oxhill Youth Centre in Stanley.

The pupils involved were from St Bede's at Lanchester and Tanfield School Comprehensive.

Superintendent Colin Williamson, of Durham Police, said: "There will be some disruption on the roads in this area for some time and I would ask the local community to be patient while we deal with this incident."

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