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Stanley bus driver: "child thought I might be dead"

One of the drivers involved in the Stanley bus crash on Tuesday (June 3) has spoken about how one of the children on board thought he might be dead.

54-year-old Paul Stephenson of Annfield Plain was driving the Go North double decker. He was trapped for more than two hours.

Mr Stephenson has been discharged from hospital today (June 6). He sustained injures to his head and knee.

Headteacher wishes injured speedy recovery

Graeme Lloyd, headteacher at Tanfield School, said:

"On behalf of the whole school community, I would like to pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who suffered injury in the bus crash yesterday.

"Our thoughts go out particularly to our year 8 student who remains seriously ill in hospital today as well as to his family.

"I have been impressed with the maturity and thoughtfulness of pupils who continue to support each other and who great caring for those affected.

“I would also like to thank parents and staff for their continued support as we work together to respond to what is a very difficult and upsetting experience.”


Children still in hospital after Stanley crash

Police investigations are continuing into the bus collision in Stanley.

Officers are in the process of interviewing a number of witnesses to establish the exact circumstances of the crash.

Both bus drivers remain in hospital, as does the 12-year-old boy. His condition is stable.

A number of other children, who have more minor injuries, also remain in hospital.

"The investigation into the collision yesterday is very much underway. My officers are currently in the process of interviewing key witnesses and I would ask anyone who was on either of the buses to contact us if they have not already spoken to a police officer."

– Supt Colin Williamson

Injured driver pays tribute to emergency services

The bus driver taken to hospital after a bus crash in Stanley has thanked the emergency services.

Paul Stephenson, 54, of Annfield Plain, County Durham, was driving the Go North East double deck bus that was involved in the collision and was trapped for more than two hours.

"I'm really grateful to the firefighters, police and paramedics who came to me assistance - they did a great job in difficult circumstances.

"And I'd like to thank everyone for their best wishes and support."

– Paul Stephenson

"I'd like to thank the emergency services and passers-by who came to the aid of the drivers and passengers yesterday. My thoughts are with all those who were injured yesterday and I send them my best wishes for a speedy recovery."

– Kevin Carr, managing director, Go North East

Facebook support group for injured boy

A Facebook support page has been set up for the 12-year-old boy who was airlifted to hospital after the Stanley bus crash. Well wishes have left messages of support for him.

"Stay strong and make a full recovery, you can do this! My thoughts are with you and your family! Just stay strong."

– Aimee Leigh Lawler

"Don't know you or your family but just thought I would wish you and everyone else involved in the crash yesterday a speedy recovery! Get well soon x"

– Samantha Wright

"Think it's absolutely great how this brave young man is getting so much support off so many different people. Get well soon young'n! X"

– Andy Cameron


Bus driver: "Thought I was a gonna"

The man thought to be the driver of one of the buses involved in the Stanley crash has thanked supporters from his hospital bed. Paul Stephenson, who was named locally, left this message on Facebook:

"To all my FB friends I'm in the RVI with a big gash in my head and right knee. Being kept in overnight as a precaution thank god I'm still here thought I was a gonna. Thanks to my wonderful wife and daughter for all there wonderful support I love you"

– Paul Stephenson via Facebook

Facebook messages on school's page after crash

Parents, witness and those involved have been leaving messages on the Facebook page of one of the school's involved in the Stanley crash.

The bus driver deserves more than a gold medal, he saw the [bus] come and told us all to get back."

– Megan Sinden via Facebook

"Safety has to be paramount and I know my kids stand on the buses all the time coz there's no seats! Not on!! And dangerous!!!"

– Deborah Robinson Armstrong via Facebook

"Frightening experience for all involved. [The] concern was to get to his A Level exam at 9. Wishing all those injured a speedy recovery."

– Lisa Thompson via Facebook
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