School kids injured after bus hits railway bridge ‘tearing roof completely off’

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Three children have been taken to hospital and a further 13 injured after a bus hit a railway bridge and "lodged" itself underneath, tearing the roof completely off.

The double-decker bus is reported to have collided with the bridge in Winchester, Hampshire, on the way to school at 8.12am.

Hampshire Police confirmed three children have been taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and another 13 were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Witness told Sky News and BBC News the bus was full of pupils and several children had been rushed away.

BBC News reporter, Johnny Greenwood, said: "The roof of the bus was sheared completely off in the incident – told none of the injuries are life threatening though some are serious."

One passenger, who was on the lower deck of the bus, thanked emergency services for their help on Twitter.

They wrote: "Thank you for helping at the double decker bus incident in Winchester.

"I was on the bottom floor and you did a great job."

The children all attend the Henry Beaufort secondary school, which is based around a mile away from the scene of the crash.

Pictures from the scene show a large police presence in the area, with the bus wedged under the bridge in the background.

The bus has had its roof completely torn off, and it is unclear if the driver was injured in the collision.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews from Winchester, Eastleigh, Andover, Redbridge and Basingstoke were mobilised at 08:12 this morning to Well House Lane in Winchester."

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