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Road re-opened after mini-bus crash

The A689 at Wallfoot near Carlisle has re-opened following a crash involving three vehicles, including a mini-bus carrying seven children.

The children aged between 13 and 14, and two adults were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary as a precaution.

The driver of the mini-bus, aged 38 and from Northumberland, was airlifted to hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be serious.

A 51-year-old HGV driver from Essex and a local motorist escaped injury.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which closed the Carlisle to Brampton road for several hours.

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Carlisle mini-bus crash: Seven children taken to hospital

Seven children have been taken to hospital after a mini-bus crash near Carlisle.

The mini-bus was in collision with a car on the A689 between Carlisle and Brampton at Walby.

The road remains closed in both directions.

The driver of the mini-bus has been airlifted to hospital.

It is not thought any of the children are seriously hurt.

Bus company statement

A statement has been released from Dumfries bus company MacEwans Coach Services, after one of its buses carrying 13 passengers crashed outside Biggar around 8.30pm on 14th November.

Seven people were taken to hospital for treatment.

"We are a company with 28 year's experience in passenger transport and treat the safety of our customers as our number one concern.

"We are pleased to assist in the investigation of yesterday's accident by the police and VOSA who will be speaking with our driver and myself.

"We will also conduct our own investigation to see if any lessons can be learned.

"It appears that the accident did not involve any other vehicles and that there was heavy fog last night but at this moment we have no further information as to what exactly happened.

"Our vehicles are regularly checked and the driver has more than 10 years' bus-driving experience.

"Our thoughts are with those passengers who suffered minor injuries inthis accident. Our driver also suffered injuries and is in a stable condition in his hospital bed. We wish everyone a speedy recovery."

– John MacEwan, Owner, MacEwans Coach Services

South Lanarkshire Council have confirmed that they are not responsible for this route and therefore are not involved in any discussions to improve safety on the route.

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