School bus smash injures 13 children on way to Welsh secondary: Three people are rushed to hospital after crash with car near Welsh village
- Bus was taking children to Ysgol y Preseli at Crymych in Pembrokeshire, Wales
- It crashed about nine miles away near the village of Llandissilio at about 8.30am
- Police, fire crews, ambulance personnel and air ambulance helicopter called
Thirteen children were injured and three people taken to hospital after a crash between a school bus and a car in rural Wales this morning.
The bus was taking children to Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych, Pembrokeshire, and crashed about nine miles away near the village of Llandissilio.
Police, fire crews, ambulance personnel and an air ambulance helicopter were called to the scene following the crash on the A478 at about 8.30am today.
One parent who picked up her son from the scene told Wales Online that the bus was in a ‘head-on collision’ with a car, but no pupils suffered serious injuries.
The bus was the number 636, travelling on the Tenby to Crymych route, and the council said all parents and guardians of children on it have now been contacted.
The road was closed, which meant two other buses could not get past and complete their journeys – so a number of other pupils have also not been able to get to school.
Emergency services on the A478 near Llandissilio in Pembrokeshire today after the crash
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at approximately 8.39am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision involving a bus and car near Efailwen.
‘We responded with four emergency ambulances, one rapid response vehicle and our emergency medical retrieval and transfer service in the Wales Air Ambulance.
‘Three patients were conveyed to hospital – two to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen and one to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.’
A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are currently in attendance of a road traffic collision on the A478 near Llandissilio, Clunderwen.
Police, fire crews and an air ambulance helicopter were called to the scene in Wales today
‘Joint fire control received the first call at 8.40am today. The incident is currently ongoing.’
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: ‘We are at the scene of a serious collision on the A478 near Llandissilio in Pembrokeshire.
‘The incident was reported to police at 8.35am, and the ambulance and fire services are also in attendance. The collision involved a motorcar and a bus carrying school children.
‘A number of children received minor injuries with two taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries. The road is currently closed and officers remain at the scene.’
And a spokesman for Pembrokeshire Council said: ‘The A478 in Pembrokeshire has been closed this morning following a serious collision involving a school bus and another vehicle.
‘The collision happened at around 8.30am as the bus was taking pupils to Ysgol y Preseli. Emergency services are at the scene and the road remains closed whilst the emergency services deal with the incident.
‘Thirteen young people are understood to have received injuries. None of the injuries to these young people are understood to be serious.
‘Parents and guardians of the young people travelling on the bus have been contacted to collect their children.’