Schoolchildren from Blakestown Community School in Dublin have been treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital following a collision between a single decker school bus and a bridge on Tuesday morning.
The crash, which happened close to the Blanchardstown junction of the N3 just before 11 am, left some of the second and third-year pupils being treated for facial injuries while others complained of back and neck problems.
A parent of one of the pupils who was on board at the time of the crash reported how the glass had shattered over several of the schoolchildren.
Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) dispatched three fire engines and three ambulances to the scene, while the National Ambulance Service sent further ambulances. DFB spokesperson, David Kavanagh, confirmed that two children had been taken to Temple Street children’s hospital with suspected spinal injuries.
The DFB team treated children complaining of neck and back pain as potential spinal injury cases, while some of the children were taken back to school where their parents and family members were contacted.
The bridge in which the bus came into contact with has previously seen a number of other vehicle crashes, according to Mr Kavanagh. A similar incident had occurred in May 2017 when a van had also stuck the low-bearing bridge.
The principal of the school, Eileen O’Connor, has thanked the emergency services that all children managed to escape with minor injuries:
“I’d like to thank the Emergency Services, all of the school staff, parents and students and members of the local community for their support and assistance.”