School bus crash: View images from the scene of a bus crash involving 50 schoolchildren near Stanley

Fifty schoolchildren were on board at time of crash in Stanley which left 30 people needing hospital treatment

Horror unfolded on the morning school run when two buses with pupils on board collided in a dramatic crash.

Emergency services declared a major incident this morning as police, fire and ambulance services dealt with the aftermath of the collision which involved 50 schoolchildren and two adults.

The two buses, a yellow double decker and a white bus, were involved in the head-on crash at 8.20am on the A693 in Stanley, County Durham, on the junction with Shield Row Lane, close to Oxhill Youth Centre.

The children on the buses were pupils from St Bede’s at Lanchester and Tanfield School Comprehensive, aged between 11 and 18. Children on the double decker were travelling to St Bede’s and pupils on the white Stanley Travel Bus were going to Tanfield Comprehensive when the crash happened.

The bus driver of the yellow double decker, a 54-year-old man, had to be cut from his vehicle by fire crews and was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the police helicopter with serious injuries to his leg.

A 12-year-old boy, a pupil at Tanfield Comprehensive, was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to the RVI with serious head injuries.

The driver of the other bus, a 27-year-old man from Newton Aycliffe, has been taken to the University Hospital of North Durham with minor injuries.

St Bede’s pupil Ryan Robson, 14, from nearby Murray Park, Stanley, was on the yellow bus when the crash happened.

He said: “We were on the road heading to New Kyo and the bus slowed down really fast and everyone was thrown forward.

“I didn’t know what was going on until I heard the crash. One of my friends was sat in the middle seat at the back and she was flung forward.

“Another friend bust her nose and she was covered in blood. She hit her face on one of the metal bars and it was gushing.

“I just thought, ‘I’ve got to try to get everyone off the bus’. I was shouting, ‘Get off the bus, get off the bus’, and I was trying to get people down the stairs. My friend was standing at the front of the bus and the driver was trapped. I think he had been knocked out.

“I told my friend to force the door open and there was a lot of screaming. I wasn’t thinking about being scared, I just thought, ‘I’ve got to do something’.”

In total 16 children were taken to the University Hospital of North Durham with minor injuries and 11 children have been taken to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead with minor injuries.

Overall 28 children received treatment and two adults.

Hospitals across the region admitted those injured in the crash with the RVI, the Queen Elizabeth in Gateshead and University Hospital of North Durham in Durham City all taking patients.


The children who did not require immediate medical attention were taken to the nearby Oxhill public house where they were met by teachers from their respective schools and parents who were informed.

In total Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service had four fire engines, two from Consett and two from High Handenhold, as well as the special rescue unit from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue. The GNAAS were in attendance with the police helicopter to take the most seriously injured to the RVI and seven paramedic crews were also on the scene.

The ambulance service also had their Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) dealing with the incident, these are paramedics with extra skills. There were four patients transport service crews from the ambulance service helping along with the only consultant paramedic in the North East, Paul Fell.

Members of the public were urged not to call 999 unless it was an emergency due to the scale of the crash.

Supt Colin Williamson, from Durham Constabulary, said “We can now confirm that all drivers and passengers of both buses have been safely removed from the vehicles and taken to hospital if necessary. Those not requiring medical treatment are now with family members. As the investigation into this collision continues the roads in the area remain closed and we would like to thank everyone for their patience.”

North Durham MP Kevan Jones said: “My thoughts are with the parents of the children involved and the drivers’ loved ones.”

Anyone who has any information or concerns can call 0800 096 1233 from a landline or 0207 158 0197 from mobiles.

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