Winchester crash: Three children hospitalised and 13 injured after school bus hits bridge

Five children have been hospitalised after a school bus crashed into a railway bridge, ripping the vehicle’s roof off and injuring 15. Three pupils are in hospital with serious wounds after the double-decker bus crashed in Winchester at around 8.10am today. Another 12 pupils suffered minor injuries, with two of them also being taken to hospital.

A witness claimed the driver was on a new route when they saw the tunnel and ‘decided to go through anyway’, according to one report. The roof of the vehicle, which was carrying pupils from Winchester’s Henry Beaufort School, was reportedly ‘sheared completely off’ in the smash. A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 8.10am today, 10 September, to reports of a serious collision on Well House Lane, Winchester, after a school bus collided with a railway bridge causing significant damage to the top of the bus.

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“We can now confirm there are three serious injuries that were taken to hospital. As well as 12 minor injuries, two of which have since been taken to hospital, however their injuries are still being treated as minor.

“All the students involved are aged between 11 and 16. A road closure is in place on Well House Lane from the junction with Andover Road North to School Lane to enable us to deal with this incident.” Police officers are working in cooperation with the school and Hampshire County Council children’s services to support students and parnets.

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Dog walker Eliza Bruml claimed the driver was on a new bus route and ‘decided to go through anyway’ when they saw the tunnel, the Daily Echo reports.

She said: “The whole top of the bus has been ripped off so there are no windows on the top. “A paramedic spoke to me and none of the children have been seriously hurt, quite a few I saw have had some injuries and a couple being treated at the side – nothing was serious.

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“The bridge has not been badly damaged trains are still going over it. “The ambulance lady was saying that the children all said the bus couldn’t fit through.

“It was new bus route. The driver decided to go through anyway and all the children were braced as the children knew it wasn’t going to fit through.” A witness told Sky News: “The roof was taken off by the tunnel and fell on the side of the bus.”

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Winchester councillor Jane Rutter tweeted: “Just had a report that a double decker bus has managed to lodge itself under the railway bridge in Wellhouse Lane, Headbourne Worthy.

“Emergency services have been called. Please avoid if possible.” Hants Roads Policing tweeted: “We are dealing with a serious collision on Well House Lane, Winchester, after a school bus collided with a railway bridge.

“There are no life-threatening injuries. A road closure is in place on Well House Lane from Andover Road North to School Lane. Thank you for your patience.”

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South Central Ambulance Service Hampshire responded to the crash alongside Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and Network Rail.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said five fire crews were dispatched at 8.12am today.  A Network Rail spokesman said: “We were called to Well House Lane in Winchester this morning along with the police and fire service, after reports that a bus had struck a railway bridge. “Following an inspection, there was no visible damage to the structure and train services were able to run as normal.”

Well House Lane is closed in both directions following the crash.  

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