A 14-year-old schoolgirl and a bus driver have died following a crash on the M53 motorway.
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Emergency services were called shortly after 8am to reports of an overturned coach on the northbound M53 near to junction five at Hooton, Cheshire. The bus had “struck a reservation”, police earlier said.
A number of other patients were taken to surrounding hospitals for treatment to minor injuries, North West Ambulance Service said. A total of 50 children were transported to a casualty clearing centre at the emergency services training centre in Wallasey, police said.
It is thought the bus was en route to West Kirby all-girls grammar school and Calday Grange all-boys grammar school, also in West Kirby, Merseyside. Both schools confirmed their pupils were involved.
Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Graeme Robson told a press conference there were 54 people on the bus including the driver and Merseyside Fire and Rescue helped passengers escape the debris. He said: “Sadly, I can confirm that the driver and a 14-year-old schoolgirl have died. Two children were taken from the scene to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.”
Mr Robson continued: “Two children were taken from the scene to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, 50 other children were taken to an emergency training centre to be medically assessed and eight of those children have been taken to the Countess of Chester and Arrow Parke hospitals.
“Our thoughts and condolences are very much with their family and friends at this tragic time. Family Liaison Officers are providing specialist support to both families and we are working with the schools, Wirral Council and Cheshire West Council to ensure the necessary trauma support is in place for the children on the bus.