Miracle escape for schoolchildren as bus roof ripped off by railway bridge

Children were on school trip to Thorpe Park


A bus carrying over 70 schoolchildren on a day trip to Thorpe Park had its roof ripped off when it hit a low railway bridge in Staines, Surrey on Friday.

There were no serious injuries but 11 kids were taken to hospital with cuts and bruises. The children were aged between 11 and 16.

According to the Daily Mail, after the crash, head teacher George Yerosimou of St John's School in Epping, Essex, where the pupils were travelling from, wrote on the school's website: "I have just been informed that the double decker coach transporting our students on the Gold Trip to Thorpe Park has been involved in an accident.

"We have spoken to a number of staff and we are able to confirm that there are no serious injuries although some students may have suffered some cuts and bruises."

Police are investigating the crash and spoke to the bus driver at the scene.

Val Mitchell, a receptionist at Staines and Thameside Medical Centre, who saw the roofless bus after the incident, told the Daily Mirror: "The driver tried to go under the bridge and it took the roof right off. The roof was completely ripped off.

"They obviously managed to duck at the right time. It is quite a miracle that they did not suffer any major head injuries."

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