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  • 19 August 2014, 14:38

Coach Overturns On Motorway And Lands In Ditch

Dozens of children on a coach trip to the seaside have escaped injury after their vehicle crashed and overturned on a motorway, ending up in a ditch.

Of the 53 passengers on board, six including one child and five adults, were slightly hurt in the accident on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

They were described as "walking wounded" while the driver suffered a back injury.

The child was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital while the adults were transported to Southmead Hospital.

The group was on their way to the Somerset resort of Weston-super-Mare when the crash happened on the southbound side of the motorway between junctions 13 and 14, near Dursley.

They had been picked up from a children's centre in West Bromwich, West Midlands, and were due to spend the day at the seaside.

Police said the vehicle which left the carriageway before crashing was from Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches.

A spokesman for the Gloucestershire force said: "Police were called shortly before 10am after a southbound coach left the M5, overturned and landed in a ditch at J13.

"Fifty-four people, believed to be of various ages, were on board, including the driver.

"Transport is being laid on to convey the passengers from the scene."