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Students in college bus crash

Bus crash in Dorset Photo: Martin Dowse

A college bus with more than 50 students on board has crashed and rolled into a field in Dorset, police said.

The double-decker was travelling from Kinson in Bournemouth when it crashed on the A350 near Poole at 8.15am.

Of the 56 pupils on board five were taken to hospital, along with the driver, the South Western Ambulance Service said.

The bus, registered to a Plymouth-based company, was heading for Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester.

The students who were not injured were taken to a "place of safety" to await a replacement bus service, Dorset Police said.

Bus crash in Dorset Credit: Martin Dowse

A South Western Ambulance Trust spokesman said: "The trust received a call at 8.17am to a road traffic collision involving a bus, which overturned whilst travelling on the A350.

"The bus was carrying students on their way to a local college.

"The trust committed a number of ambulances to the scene and a total of six casualties have been taken to Poole Hospital.

"None of the casualties are thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

"There are a number of patients thought to be walking wounded and they will be treated by ambulance clinicians at a location near to where the incident occurred."

Kingston Maurward College Principal Clare Davison said: “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority and obviously we are extremely concerned about this incident.

"We have set up a team at the college and we are liaising directly with the emergency services. The police have informed us that a small number of our students on the First Buses Route D bus from Kinson have been taken to hospital with minor injuries. The remaining students were taken to a safe location where the police have contacted parents to collect them or they have returned to college.

"We are talking to First Buses and will work closely with the police to understand how this occurred. We will also be offering additional support to the students involved.

“We are calling all parents and guardians of students affected and have set up a direct line for them to contact us. Anyone concerned can call 07894 751302.”

VIDEO: Martin Dowse reports on the bus crash in Dorset. Seven children were injured.