A HEADTEACHER of a Pinvin school said it was a ‘blessing no one was seriously hurt’ after a collision in Pershore left more than 20 children needing medical treatment.
A total of 25 youngsters from St Nicholas CE Middle School were treated by paramedics after the coach they were travelling collided with a lorry at the busy B4084 Worcester Road and Three Springs Road junction on Tuesday (December 2) about 3.10pm.
The incident, which meant the busy road was closed for about five hours, saw six pupils and one adult taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with minor cuts and bruises.
19 other youngsters were taken to a house close by where they were assessed by medics before being driven back to the Main Street site. All the children were aged between nine and 12 years old.
More than 40 students were returning to school from their carol service at Pershore Abbey when the collision occurred and the school’s executive headteacher Andrew Best praised the emergency services for their swift and professional work.
“Everyone’s priority was to ensure that the children and the driver received the best care possible.” he said.
“We contacted all the parents of injured children by telephone and maintained contact with other parents about the incident
“On Wednesday morning we held a special assembly in school for all children and staff about the incident.
“It was a blessing that no one was seriously injured, but it has been a big shock to us all.
“Two counsellors were in school all day on Wednesday to talk to pupils affected and any parents were invited to come into school and discuss the issues as well.”
A total of three ambulances, two rapid response paramedics, an area support officer, a doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance all attended the scene.
Police have also appealed for anyone who saw the collision or who has any more information on the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
The lorry driver was uninjured.