School bus in Kendal HGV crash

10 people have been injured after a lorry was involved in a crash with a bus carrying schoolchildren in Cumbria.

Full Report: School bus in Kendal HGV crash

Ten people were taken to hospital this morning after a crash between a bus carrying schoolchildren and a heavy goods vehicle.

It happened on the A685 between Tebay and Kendal and left the road blocked for most of the day.

The lorry driver from Kendal was seriously injured and the bus driver, also from Kendal, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Watch the full report from Kim Inglis below.

Environment Agency at scene of crash

Officials from the Environment Agency are at the scene of the A685 collision which occurred this morning and involved a lorry and a school bus.

A large amount of diesel fuel has spilt out onto the road from the lorry.

Motorists are currently being advised to use the following diversions as the road is still closed:

  • M6 junction 38 Tebay southwards to junction 37, then A684 into Kendal and vice versa

For non-motorway traffic:

  • B6260 from Tebay to Orton, then the B6261 from Orton to Shap Toll Bar, and from there along the A6 to Kendal, and vice versa

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Police diversions in place following crash

The Environment Agency is at the scene of the school bus and lorry crash on the A685 because a large amount of diesel has spilt from the lorry.

Cumbria County Council are have called out a specialist clean-up contractor to deal with the spillage, who are on site now.

In the meantime, motorists are advised to use the following diversions:

M6 junction 38 Tebay southwards to junction 37, then A684 into Kendal, and vice-versa.

For non-motorway traffic, a suitable route is to use the B6260 from Tebay to Orton, then the B6261 from Orton to Shap Toll Bar, and from there along the A6 to Kendal, and vice-versa.

Local MP praises emergency services

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has praised the swift response from the emergency services dealing with the school bus and lorry crash in Kendal.

“I want to pay tribute to the emergency services for their commitment, speed and professionalism.

"They did amazing work this morning and I want to thank them for all they did.”

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale

Scene of school bus and lorry crash

The front of the lorry was badly damaged in the crash Credit: ITV News Border

Investigations are underway into the cause of the crash between a school bus and a lorry, which happened near Kendal this morning.

The bus and lorry involved in the crash Credit: ITV News Border
The bus carrying school children Credit: ITV News Border

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Lorry badly damaged in crash

The front of the lorry was crushed in the crash Credit: ITV News Border

The driver of the lorry that was involved in a crash with a bus carrying school children near Kendal, has been taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

The front cab of the lorry was crushed in the crash.

Kendal school bus crash scene

The scene of the crash Credit: ITV News Border

A bus driver has been arrested after a crash with a school bus near Kendal in south Cumbria.

The lorry driver had to be cut out of his cabin and has been taken to hospital with spinal injuries.

Police at the scene of the crash near Kendal Credit: ITV News Border

A woman traveling on the the bus has neck injuries and many of the children have minor injuries such as cuts and bruises as the bus did not have seat belts for passengers.

The A685 between Tebay and Kendal is still blocked - drivers are asked to find another route.

Recovery workers on route to the crash Credit: ITV News Border

All injured people away from scene of Kendal crash

All of those injured in a crash near Kendal, believed to have been 20 people, have now left the scene of the crash at Grayrigg.

The collision involved a heavy goods lorry and a school bus, which was carrying passengers at the time, including school children aged between 13 and 16.

Police have confirmed that no children were seriously injured in the crash.

Three adult passengers have been taken to Lancaster Hospital for treatment for injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

The road will remain closed for the foreseeable future while collision and diversions are in place.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area at this time.

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