Investigation after coach taking children from Dudley to seaside overturns on M5

A coach has overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire. It appears to have left the road, near Junction 13 at Stroud, and gone down the hard shoulder before hitting the barrier and landing in a ditch where it overturned.

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Investigation after coach carrying children overturns

The coach, taking children and adults from Dudley on a trip to the seaside, overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a coach, taking children and adults from Dudley on a trip to the seaside, overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

It happened just before 10am yesterday on the southbound carriageway near junction 13.

Families were being taken to Weston-super-Mare by a local charity. Seven passengers suffered minor injuries.

Seat belts vital in safety of most coach passengers

Police say the use of seat belts on board the coach that overturned on the M5 was vital in ensuring the safety of most of the passengers on board.

53 people were travelling on the coach, and most of them were able to walk away unharmed.

Five adults and one child were injured - three seriously, including the driver, who is being treated in hospital with a suspected back injury.

Sergeant Martyn Murawa said it could have been much worse if seat belts were not used.

Passengers describe panic on bus after it overturned

Passengers have described the panic on the bus carrying 53 people from the Black Country which overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

Frank Sproson said he was trying to calm people down, while Barinder Kaur said her children were hanging from their seats, held only by their seat belts.

Both said the use of seat belts was vital in keeping most people on board from serious injury.

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Action for Children statement

The coach which overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire was carrying 53 adults and children on a day trip to Weston-Super-Mare. The trip had been arranged by the charity Action For Children and the passengers were from Dudley in the West Midlands.

The coach is operated by Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches.

“I can confirm that a road accident involving children and staff from an Action for Children service in Sandwell has taken place in Stroud. Until the full facts are known I cannot comment further.”

– A spokesperson from Action for Children

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Statement released after coach overturns on M5

Six people have minor injuries, including one child. Credit: ITV News

Six people have minor injuries, including one child, who has been taken to Bristol Children's Hospital after a coach overturned on M5 motorway.

The coach from Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches was taking around 50 children and adults from rom a children's centre in West Bromwich and was taking them for a day trip to the seaside.

We believe six passengers have been taken to hospital. Of those six, five are adults and one is a child. Seven passengers have received minor injuries, not believed to be life threatening or life changing, and the driver has a suspected back injury, but is conscious."

– Spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport
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'Miracle' no one harmed after coach overturns on M5

All 54 passengers on board a coach which overturned on the M5 and landed in a ditch have miraculously escaped without serious injury.

The coach is believed to have been taking children and their families on a day trip to Weston-Super-Mare. Credit: SWNS

The driver was reported to have suffered a back injury when the coach flipped between junctions 13 and 14, near Dursley in Gloucestershire this morning.

Six adults and one child sustained minor injuries in the smash.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Dramatic picture: coach taking children from Dudley to seaside overturns on M5

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Six people have minor injuries, including one child, who has been taken to Bristol Children's Hospital.

The coach from Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches was taking around 50 children and adults from Dudley on a trip to Weston-super-Mare.

Traffic on the M5 between J13 and 14 southbound is expected to be disrupted for some time.

Coach carrying children and adults overturns on M5

A coach carrying families from Dudley on a trip to the seaside overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV Central

An investigation is underway after a coach carrying families from Dudley on a trip to the seaside overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

The accident happened just before 10am on the southbound carriageway close to junction 13 for Stroud.

53 children and adults were travelling on a day trip to Weston-super-Mare.

The South West Ambulance Service say 7 people are believed to be injured.

All three lanes of the motorway have been closed southbound

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