A school bus carrying more than 40 children crashed down an embankment
The injured pupils were among 44 secondary school students checked over by paramedics following the dramatic incident at around 8.45am.
The white, single-deck vehicle left the road and crashed into woodland on a corner of Dowanfield Road, just yards from Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire.
Emergency services attended the scene but the driver and all passengers had safely escaped the wreckage by the time they had arrived.
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As a precaution, a number of pupils were taken to hospital
Danny McNulty, head teacher at the school
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances to the scene and a small fire in the bus engine was extinguished.
Twenty-nine ambulances were dispatched. One girl was taken to Wishaw General Hospital while 10 others were taken to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, and 11 to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
Deputy assistant chief officer John Joyce said: “On arrival, we found that a bus was on its side, there was no sign of fire, and we assisted with making the scene safe and leading the kids to safety.
The injured pupils were checked over by paramedics and taken to hospital
“There was a number of kids who were injured and all of them were taken into the school and they were handed over to the ambulance service. We assisted with taking the kids out of the emergency escapes.
“The vehicle had come to rest but there was always a danger that it could move. It was pretty chaotic as a number of kids had been injured.
“The kids dealt with the incident in a very adult fashion. I didn’t see any of them in a state of real panic.”
Danny McNulty, head teacher at the school, said: “An incident took place this morning where one of our school buses overturned.
Council chiefs said it was 'too early' to know what had caused the crash
“As a precaution, a number of pupils were taken to hospital. Thankfully, it would appear there are no serious injuries.
“I would like to thank the emergency services for their speedy response, and the entire school community who pulled together at this difficult time to support one another.”
The vehicle could be seen lying on its side down an embankment near a tight bend in the road, which was closed by police while crash investigators assessed the scene.
Council chiefs said it was “too early” to know what had caused the crash but one pupil on board at the time revealed the vehicle had been suffering mechanical problems.
Joe Smith said: “On one of the roundabouts, the driver had pulled his key back. I thought his engine had started to malfunction because the bus was shaking.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances to the scene
“We came to the corner and he tried to pull his key out again because we thought the bus had malfunctioned again and it started to speed up… we hit the lamppost and then the bus toppled and fell over and unfortunately I fell on one of my friends.
“When we were on the bus I heard people shouting and crying, ‘Oh no, this isn’t going to happen’.”
He said he was able to get out of the bus after the driver smashed an emergency window and a teacher ran over and began pulling pupils from the vehicle.
North Lanarkshire Council education convener Frank McNally said the local authority would co-operate fully with the police investigation.
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