Some schoolchildren were seriously injured after their double-decker school bus crashed into a railway bridge in Winchester. The roof of the school bus was said to be “sheared completely off” in the crash which occurred in Well House Lane at 8.12 am this morning.
Hampshire Police spokesperson said pupils from Henry Beaufort School, aged between 11 and 16-years-old, were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. “We were called at 8.10 am 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.
“Three students with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, have been taken to hospital. A further 13 students with minor injuries have been dealt with at the scene.
“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.
“We are working in cooperation with the school and Hampshire County Council children’s services to provide support to the students and their parents.”
A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews from Winchester, Eastleigh, Andover, Redbridge and Basingstoke were mobilised at 08:12 this morning to Well House Lane in Winchester.”
Meanwhile, Hants Road 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.”
Another notable tweet was from Winchester City Councillor Jane Rutter who said: “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.”
South Central Ambulance Service Hampshire, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and Network Rail responded to the crash.
So far, Well House Lane has been closed in both directions from B3420 Andover Road North to Springvale Road.