Update: Pupils injured as school bus hits Grantham railway bridge

Harlaxton Road rail bridge in Grantham.
Harlaxton Road rail bridge in Grantham.
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A school double-decker bus hit the railway bridge in Harlaxton Road this morning injuring a number of pupils being taken to Walton Girls’ School.

Police say five or six pupils were taken to Grantham hospital where they have been treated for minor injuries including cuts and possible whiplash. The roof of the bus was said to be severely damaged and the back window was smashed by the impact.

Broken glass remains on the road after the school bus crash at Harlaxton Road rail bridge, Grantham.

Broken glass remains on the road after the school bus crash at Harlaxton Road rail bridge, Grantham.

A father, whose 13-year-old daughter was on the bus, said she was taken to hospital after banging her head on the rail at the front of the bus when it hit the bridge. He said the girls were picked up by another bus and taken to the school before parents were notified.

The father, who did not wish to be named, said: “The roof caved in. There were a lot of people with cuts to their faces.”

Principal of Walton Girls’ High School Caroline Saxelby said: “All students have been thoroughly checked over by paramedics and parents have been informed. The academy is supporting all students involved. We are working closely with the bus company to ensure our students’ safety. The police are investigating the incident with the bus company.”

Gemma Dixon said (on Facebook): “My daughter is a year 7 pupil and was on the bus and she ( and I as her mum) would like to say a big well done and thank you to the year 11 pupils on the bus who I’m sure we’re pretty shaken up themselves but yet showed bravery, took control and looked after the younger ones during and after the incident.”

Kathryn North said: (on Facebook) “I don’t think it’s worth putting BIG warning signs up, because some stupid motorist will hit the bridges no matter what, hope the pupils are ok.”

Deborah Knowles, on Facebook, said: “I want to say Thank you to all the Year 11 Girls that were on the bus too. My daughter Anna said even though they were clearly shaken up themselves they got everyone of the bus and took care of those that needed the help and ensured everyone that was able to get off the bus were looked after safely, while other buses came to take the girls up to Walton High School. They were also the ones that contacted the School to let the school know what had happened. They did all this and then had to go and sit a GCSE Exam. I cannot thank them enough. They are credit to their family and the school. A thank you should

also go to the School, the Police and Paramedics who did a fantastic job checking out all our daughters and calming parents that arrived at the school possible to find their daughter needed further checks as was the case when I was there to collect my daughter after checks and giving a statement to the police about what she remembered. A young girl was was having problems with her neck and the paramedics was so good with her that she was very calm when they had to stabilise her neck and put her into a stretcher before she was taken of to the hospital. So on behalf of myself and my husband Thank you.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to call them on 101, quoting incident number 72, of today.