Miracle escape after bus crash
DOZENS of teenagers escaped serious injury when their school bus overturned in torrential rain yesterday.
Fifty two secondary school children were travelling from Ballyhooly village to attend Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Loretto Secondary School and St Colman's College in Fermoy, north Cork, at 8.20am when their bus skidded on surface water on a rural road.
The vehicle overturned after crashing down an embankment and coming to rest on its roof.
Four pupils were taken to hospital – two for precautionary reasons and two for minor injuries - while the driver and the remaining teenagers were left shocked by the accident.
Fire fighters from Mitchelstown and Fermoy attended the scene and students who did not require hospital care were taken to a nearby school where they were reunited with their worried parents.
Coláiste an Chraoibhín principal Christy Healy said staff and teachers from all three schools assisted at the scene, adding: “We are very lucky that nobody was seriously injured.”
Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority have launched separate investigations into the crash.
Bus Éireann later issued a statement saying the accident had occurred following the weekend's “adverse weather conditions”.
“The cause of the accident has not yet been established, but is currently under investigation by Bus Éireann and the relevant authorities.
The company would like thank the emergency services and the Garda Síochána for their swift response in dealing with the incident,” it added.
All school buses in the Republic have been legally required to have seat belts following a crash involving a Bus Éireann school bus in May 2005 that left five teenage girls dead near Navan, Co Meath.