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Man arrested after school bus crashes and overturns

A 28-year-old man from Redditch has been arrested following a school bus crash in Hereford.

Crews were called after the coach left the B4399 east of Holme Lacy Credit: ITV News Central

The coach was found down an embankment on the B4339 after it crashed and overturned during Monday morning's rush hour, at around 8.30am.

More than 20 people, most of them children, had to be taken to hospital.

Police investigating have questioned the driver of another vehicle on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving.

Investigation continues after school coach crashes into field

Crews were called at 8.23am yesterday morning after the coach left the B4399 east of Holme Lacy Credit: ITV News Central

An investigation's continuing after a school bus crashed and overturned in Hereford.

More than 20 people, most of them children, were taken to hospital after the crash yesterday morning.

Some people were treated by paramedics at the scene.

VIDEO: Report from the scene of the school coach crash

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Latest from scene of dramatic school coach crash

More than 20 people, most of them children have been taken to hospital after their school bus crashed and overturned in Hereford. Seven ambulances were called to the scene where the vehicle was found down an embankment with the female driver trapped inside.

Around fifty people were assessed by paramedics at the scene with the driver and a further 25 pupils thought to be aged around 14, taken to Hereford county hospital. Our correspondent Mark Gough sent this report from the scene.

Pictures from scene of dramatic school coach crash

Crews were called at 8.23am this morning after the coach left the B4399 east of Holme Lacy. Credit: ITV News Central

These are pictures from the scene of a dramatic bus crash in Herefordshire this morning, when the vehicle carrying schoolchildren skidded off the road down an embankment.

The female driver was the only person trapped inside and she had to be freed but he fire service. Credit: Pictures from scene of dramatic school bus crash

There were more than 50 people on board, and luckily all passengers were able to escape front he bus with just minor cuts and bruises.

Skid marks show where the bus left the road shortly after 8.15am Credit: Pictures from scene of dramatic school bus crash

School bus overturns after going down embankment

A school bus of almost 50 people, carrying mainly children, has overturned in Hereford.

A school bus of almost 50 people, carrying mainly children, has overturned in Hereford. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Seven ambulances and paramedics were called to the scene, where they found the bus which had reportedly travelled down an embankment, before overturning on its side.

The driver was trapped inside but was freed by the fire service, all of the passengers managed to escape from the bus.

Some of the students, who are thought to be around 14-years-old, have been taken to Hereford County Hospital for treatment.

A second bus was sent to the scene to help transport approximately 20 uninjured pupils back to their school. A senior paramedic officer travelled on board the bus with the children. A further 19 patients, who had suffered a range of minor injuries such as cuts and bruising, were taken to the same Hospital for further triage by other means of transport.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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Farm and livestock buildings go up in flames

Residents and businesses are being warned to keep their doors and windows closed after a fire broke out at a farm in north Herefordshire.

The blaze has engulfed several buildings at Manor Farm, near Orleton, including those housing baled straw and hay, farm machinery and livestock.

All livestock has been moved to safety.

Four hospitalised after pick-up truck splits in two

Four men have been taken to hospital after a pick-up truck was split in two when it smashed into a tree.

The accident happened near Kington in Herefordshire Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The casualties were cut free from the cab of the truck near Kington, Herefordshire, after it became detached from the vehicle's chassis.

Four ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash, which happened two miles outside Kington at around 4.10am today.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find a 4x4 pick-up truck that is believed to have left the road and hit a tree.

"It appears the cab of the truck has then become completely detached from the rest of the chassis and come to rest in the road with the occupants trapped inside.

The casualties were taken to hospital in Birmingham and Hereford Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

"Four men, all believed to be in their twenties, suffered injuries in the crash and all received treatment from medics at the scene whilst being extricated."

Two men suffering serious injuries were taken to hospital in Birmingham, while the remaining casualties were transferred to Hereford County Hospital for treatment.

"Considering the catastrophic damage to the vehicle, all four were fortunate not to have suffered more serious, possibly fatal injuries," the spokesman added.

Trial of Simon Harris hears from 12-year-old Kenyan boy

A 12-year-old Kenyan boy has described how he was raped by a man from Herefordshire who is on trial at Birmingham Crown Court charged with multiple sex offences.

Simon Harris, from near Leominster, denies 22 charges including rape and sexual assault, and also faces five counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Simon Harris Credit: ITV News Central

The boy said he was nine at the time of the alleged rape, and appeared by video link with an interpreter.

Harris, a former teacher who was working for a charity in Kenya, is alleged to have abused 11 boys between 2001 and 2013. He denies the charges.

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