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Abercarn bus crash: 'We were screaming and crying'

A young girl on board the Abercarn schoolbus that crashed this morning has told ITV Wales how passengers were 'screaming, scared and crying'.

Rhia Tapp was among 16 youngsters and three adults on board the bus when it slid off the road and became trapped on an embankment in the village of Llanfach.

There were no serious injuries.

Carl Edwards reports.

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Abercarn bus crash: Gwent Police investigating

Gwent Police say they are working to establish what happened after a schoolbus left the road in the village of Llanfach this morning.

The schoolbus was carrying 20 children between 8 and 12 years old and three adults.

No injuries are reported. There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing. The road was closed while the bus was recovered.

– Gwent Police spokesperson

Bus company Stagecoach says it will do all it can to assist police in their investigation.

Stagecoach: 'We will assist police investigation'

Stagecoach says it will work with police to establish exactly what happened after one of its buses left the road this morning with 20 schoolchildren on board.

Road conditions in the area are reported to have been icy.

Safety is our number one priority and all passengers were led safely from the vehicle.

There are no reports of any injuries to those on board and the vehicle remained upright at all times.

As a matter of course, we will be assisting the police with their investigation into the incident.

– Stagecoach

'Lucky escape' for Abercarn schoolchildren

A man who witnessed an Abercarn schoolbus leave the road in icy conditions this morning says the 16 children and three adults on board had a 'lucky escape'.

Fire crews are still working to rescue the bus, which is trapped on a verge in the village of Llanfach.

It helps there were so many trees to stop the bus falling further down the cliff.

I expect there are a lot of kids in shock - and their parents as well.

– Witness Philip Curtis, 57

'No serious injuries' following Abercarn bus crash

A GP who checked a group of Abercarn schoolchildren after their bus crashed this morning reports they have all escaped serious injury.

A paramedic brought all the children on the bus into the waiting room.

They seemed to be quite happy and chatty but a couple were seen by a GP just to make sure they were all fine. There were no serious injuries.

Parents came to pick them up. They were obviously very worried after being at the scene and seeing all the flashing lights of the police and fire crews.

They were all very relieved when they came in and found their children safe and well.

– St Luke's GP surgery spokesperson

Around 16 children aged 8-12 were on board when the bus left the road in the village of Llanfach.

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Fire crews working to rescue Abercarn schoolbus

The schoolbus left the road this morning and was left balancing on a verge Credit: ITV News Wales / Carl Edwards

Firefighters are working to retrieve an Abercarn schoolbus after it left the road in icy conditions and ended up balancing on a verge.

South Wales Fire & Rescue crews were called to the village of Llanfach at 9am after the bus skidded off course.

Sixteen children aged 8-12 scrambled to safety, along with three adults, and were given a precautionary check-up at a nearby GP surgery. All were from Abercarn Primary School.

Teenager arrested over disappearance

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Kyle Vaughan have arrested a 15-year-old boy from Abercarn on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 21-year-old man from Newbridge arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender remains in police custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

Gwent Police has been granted a warrant to further detain the 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday following the disappearance of Kyle Vaughan. A 24-hour warrant of further detention was granted by Caerphilly Magistrates Court.