Double-decker Bus Crash

Scene on the A350 this morning
Scene on the A350 this morning Photo: DFRS

A double-decker bus carrying 56 school students has crashed and overturned in a field off the A350 between Upton and Lytchett in Poole. It happened shortly after 8.15am this morning (Monday).

Scene on the A350 this morning
Scene on the A350 this morning Credit: DFRS

Dorset Police said three passengers and the driver were treated for "minor injuries".

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the A350 this morning after reports that a school bus had overturned in a field.

Three people and the driver were treated for minor injuries, and all those on board were moved to safety while they wait for replacement transport.

– Dorset Police Spokesperson

The South Western Ambulance Service have since said that five were taken to hospital, along with the driver.

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.

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.

– South Western Ambulance Trust spokesman

A Dorset Police spokesman said the casualties received "minor injuries".

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.

– Clare Davison, Kingston Maurward College principal

Parents and guardians concerned about the incident have been told to contact a helpline set up by Kingston Maurward College on 07894 751 302