Three children seriously injured as bus hits bridge in Winchester, England

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Three children were taken to hospital after a Stagecoach South bus crashed into a tunnel in Winchester, Hampshire, England at about 8:10 am this morning.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said "We were called at 8.10am today, 10 September, to reports of a serious collision on Wellhouse Lane, Winchester, after a school bus collided with a railway bridge causing significant damage to the top of the bus. [...] 13 students with minor injuries have been dealt with at the scene. [...] We are working in cooperation with the school and Hampshire County Council children's services to provide support to the students and their parents."

Fourteen-year-old Zoe, on the top deck of the bus when the incident occurred, said the roof fell in and "everyone started screaming", and "[i]t felt like 'am I going to live or am I going to die?' ".

Fifteen-year-old Robert, on the lower deck, said "I thought we'd hit the side of the tunnel, then I saw the top of the bus falling down".

A spokesperson for Stagecoach South said their thoughts were with the children and their families, and they were carrying out an internal investigation.