Three school students have serious, but not life-threatening injuries, after a school bus collided with a railway bridge in Winchester.
It happened on Well House Lane. The collision caused significant damage to the top of the bus.
The three students have been taken to hospital. A further 13 students with minor injuries have been dealt with at the scene. All the students involved are aged between 11 and 16.
A road closure is in place on Well House Lane from the junction with Andover Road North to School Lane to enable emergency services to deal with this incident.
We are working in cooperation with the school and Hampshire County Council children’s services to provide support to the students and their parents.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We were called to Wellhouse Lane in Winchester this morning along with the police and fire service, after reports that a bus had struck a railway bridge."
Following an inspection, there was no visible damage to the structure and train services were able to run as normal.
Steve Brine MP, Con- Winchester and Chandler's Ford:
A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “Earlier this morning, a Stagecoach double decker bus, contracted by the County Council for home to school transport, collided with a railway bridge in Wellhouse Lane, Kings Worthy. The bus was carrying students to Henry Beaufort School in Harestock. Families have been notified. We are unable to confirm any other details at the current time other than to state that, thankfully, there are no fatalities."
County Council officers are providing all support to the school as needed including support from our Education Psychology team to help students and staff to deal with any trauma they may experience. Wellhouse Lane is currently closed to all traffic.
The bus has now since been recovered and removed from the scene.
Emergency services remain at the scene to clear up the area.