Published: 30/11/2011 09:00 - Updated: 29/11/2011 13:15

Lucky escape

Written byJenny Moody

TWELVE children on their way home from school have escaped serious injuries after their bus was in collision with a lorry at an accident blackspot in Rocester.

Staffordshire Police said it was investigating the incident which happened on the B5030, near the JCB Headquarters, when the Glovers bus carrying the children from Thomas Alleyne’s High School collided with a lorry at 3.30pm on Monday.

The 12 school pupils, who were en route to Alton, suffered minor superficial injuries and two were taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to be checked over.

A man has been arrested in connection with the collision and was taken to the Northern Area Custody Facility in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, for questioning. He was still in custody at the time the Advertiser went to press.

Thomas Alleyne’s head teacher Suzanne O’Farrell said: “We were informed late afternoon of a crash involving 12 of our students.

“Two have suffered minor injuries but thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt. We have been speaking to all the families involved and offering support to all students within the school.” West Midlands Ambulance Service said a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an incident support officer, BASICS doctor and three ambulance crews attended the scene.

A spokesman said: “Ambulance crews assessed 12 children travelling on the school bus.

“Two children suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The drivers of the lorry and coach were treated at the scene and did not require further hospital treatment.” Denstone resident Jane Taylor, who suffered four broken ribs and a punctured lung after an accident there in 2009, has been campaigning tirelessly for a roundabout at the same junction, saying there had been several other crashes since her own.

Mrs Taylor said: “There could have been fatalities with a school bus and lorry involved. They were lucky they were not more serious injuries.

“I think that now children have been injured it is time for people to see how dangerous it is.

“I have been saying that the junction needs a roundabout as people take their lives in their hands every time they use it.

“A comment from a parish councillor said it will slow down traffic but I think that is what is needed as lives are more important than worrying about slowing down traffic.

“I did speak to a few witnesses and it led to parents with children on a school bus to be worried about their children.

“We need a roundabout as it would save lives and injury.” The road was closed outside the Rocester Lakes while emergency services dealt with the incident and it later reopened at 5.40pm.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to phone Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 401.

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