School Bus Crashes Into Darlington Bridge

22 September 2011, 11:02

A double-decker bus carrying teenagers to a sixth form college has crashed into the underside of a bridge in Darlington.

The incident happened on Neasham Road, Darlington, County Durham, near the town's football ground just before 8.45am.

Up to 12 people including the driver were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital but none were thought to be seriously injured.

Durham Police said all the pupils were safely removed from the bus, which was ferrying them to the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

The bus "hit the underside of a railway bridge near the football ground and this caused the top of the bus to come off'', a Durham Police spokeswoman said.

The bridge, which carries local services between Darlington and Neasham, was closed briefly to allow the damage to be assessed, but was reopened.

Pupils who were uninjured were taken to college on another bus.

Police said Neasham Road was expected to be closed for the rest of the morning.

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