School children injured in serious crash between a bus and tractor in Kent

The collision happened on the A227 South Street near Culverstone Green. Credit: Google Maps

Four people remain in a serious condition as 12 school children and a bus driver, were taken to hospital following a serious crash with a tractor in Kent.

The collision happened at around 3.25pm on Wednesday (22 May) on the A227 South Street near Culverstone Green.

A child taken to a London hospital remains in a “serious but stable condition” and three people are being treated for serious injuries in local hospitals.

A 33-year-old man from East Sussex was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was later bailed to return to the police station, pending further investigation.

Meopham School put out a message to parents saying people can get in touch for support. Credit: ITV Meridian

In a message to parents, Meopham School said, "We are aware of the serious incident in the community this evening which will have been distressing for anyone who witnessed it or was involved."

"As mentioned, we do appreciate this will have been distressing for our students and if your child feels unsettled then please direct them to members of staff who will be able to provide support."

South East Coast Ambulance said, "Following a serious collision between a bus and tractor near Meopham at approx 3.30pm today (22.05). We treated and conveyed 12 patients to local hospitals."

"One patient was airlifted to Kings College Hospital and four other casualties were discharged at the scene."

  • Ionuț Mîndru was an eyewitness at the scene

Eyewitness, Ionuț Mîndru said: "The kids were running away and were crying.

"One of the kids lay on the floor and I helped him - there was blood and glass on their face.

"I brought some water and some tissue and helped clean the face."

Police are appealing for dash cam and phone footage. Credit: ITV Meridian

Police attended the scene, which was close to the junction for Chapman’s Hill, along with paramedics, an air ambulance and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Kent police said: "The incident is being investigated by Kent Police’s Serious Collision Unit (SCIU) and officers are appealing to any witnesses to contact them."

"This includes those who may have footage on their phones and motorists with potential evidence on dashcams."

Anyone who may be able to assist the investigation should call SCIU on 01622 798538 or email quoting reference EX/DGC/051/24.

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