Schoolgirl who saw boy run over by minibus had witnessed 'five near misses'

Ashley Talbot died in a collision at Maesteg Comprehensive School in 2014. Credit: Family photo

A schoolgirl who saw a classmate run over by a school minibus said she had previously seen five other near-misses involving vehicles and pupils outside her school, an inquest has heard.

Ashley Talbot, from Croeserw, Neath Port Talbot, died as he left Maesteg Comprehensive School in December 2014.

The schoolgirl at Maesteg Comprehensive, near Bridgend, South Wales, was sitting on a bus when she watched Ashley Talbot run out from between two parked buses into the path of the oncoming vehicle, which was being driven by PE teacher Christopher Brooks.

Another pupil, who said he was nearly knocked over twice in the same spot, said he did not tell anyone about it because such incidents "happened nearly every day".

Ashley, 15, collided with the minibus, was thrown onto its bonnet and landed on the floor where the wheel of the bus went over him, a jury at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard on Tuesday.

He was so seriously injured that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Credit: Family photo

Coroner's officer Mark Adams read summaries of the evidence of 20 pupils who either witnessed the crash at 3pm on December 10, 2014, or who had experienced a near-miss.

They described seeing Ashley and another boy, who suffered minor injuries in the collision, "racing" towards the buses so they could sit on the back seat.

Witnesses said the minibus was driving slowly - around 10 miles per hour - and did not have time to avoid the collision.

One girl said she heard a teacher shout "slow down" at the boys.

In relation to the year 11 girl's evidence, Mr Adams said: "Mr Brooks ran around the back to look at Ashley and then ran towards the school."

"A number of teachers and school bus drivers gathered around Ashley to attempt first aid."

"Prior to this, she witnessed at least five near-misses where pupils from year seven and eight walked into the road between buses, causing cars to beep and brake."

Mr Adams added the girl had been unable to give a speed for the minibus, but had said it was not going fast.

The inquest continues.