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School children hurt as coach crashes en route to Alton Towers

Five school children have been treated by paramedics after a coach en route to Alton Towers in Staffordshire crashed into a central reservation.

Derbyshire Police said the children were not seriously injured but the driver of the coach, who is thought to have been taken ill at the wheel, was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.

Witnesses are being sought to the accident, which happened at about 9am on Thursday on the A6135 at Renishaw, near junction 30 of the M1.

The coach was one of three travelling in convoy to Alton Towers from the Scunthorpe area.

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Four arrested in Alton Towers assault

Four teenagers have been arrested after an alleged assault at Alton Towers.

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Police say a 15-year-old boy from the Black Country had to be airlifted to hospital after the attack.

He is receiving treatment for facial injuries at the Royal Derby Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.

The teenagers, who are aged between 13 and 15 years old and from Liverpool, are being held on suspicion of assault.

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Alton Towers crash ride reopens

Alton Towers rollercoaster Smiler has reopened, eight months after 20-year-old Vicky Balch lost a leg when it crashed.

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Miss Balch described the decision to reopen the ride to the public this weekend as "inappropriate and insensitive".

The owner of Alton Towers is to be prosecuted over crash in which five people were seriously injured, the Health and Safety Executive announced last month.

Today social media users reported "enthusiastic" crowds queued to get a ride on Smiler.

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