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Saturday 24 August 2019

Ten pupils taken to hospital after bus hits bridge

The bus hit a low bridge
The bus hit a low bridge

A school principal has thanked the emergency services for their swift response after her students escaped with minor injuries when their bus crashed into a bridge.

At around 10.45am yesterday, a Swords Express bus carrying students from Blakestown Community School on a trip to a mosque hit a low bridge on Blakestown Road, near Blanchardstown.

Ten children were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Principal Eileen O'Connor told the Herald it was an unfortunate accident.

"The emergency services responded and thankfully there were no serious injuries," she said.

"However a small number of students were taken to hospital for further medical attention."

She said all the parents were contacted and the school implemented its critical incident management plan.

"There have been trips before, but this is the first time we've had an incident," she said.

"I'm very thankful to the emergency services, the school staff and students and the parents and members of the local community for their support and assistance."

Concern

Swords Express managing director Sinead Kavanagh said her primary concern was for the well-being of the students.

"We're aware of an incident which occurred this morning involving one of our coaches," she said. "Our primary concern is for the well-being of all involved and we have launched a full investigation.

"We are liaising with the relevant authorities as well as the school and will continue to assist in any way we can."

A number of local residents said there have been several accidents involving buses and lorries that have crashed into the bridge, which is 2.6m in height, over the years.

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