Birmingham school bus crash: Girl, 14, dead and 25 injured in tragic smash with lorry



A TEENAGE girl has died and 25 people were injured in a fatal crash involving a school bus carrying students on an art trip and a bin lorry in Birmingham.

The 14-year-old girl was pronouced dead at the scene after the school mini-bus collided with a lorry on Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham this morning.

Pictures from the scene show emergency crews – including paramedics and police – surrounding the mini-bus, which is covered in green tarpaulin.

Three teachers and 20 pupils from John Taylor High School, near Burton, and the lorry driver received treatment after the crash at around 9am.

One pupil was taken to hospital with superficial injuries and several others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Forensic officers are inspecting the crash site and the girl's body has been taken away by a private ambulance.

Superintendent Dean Hatton, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: "This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a pupil from the John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.

“The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit.

“We are also in contact with the school and our colleagues at Staffordshire Police, who are understandably devastated as this occurred while their students were on a school trip.”

Concerned mum Tracey Pegg said her son, who is unhamred, was on the trip.

She said: "I just spoke to my son. They are sending a minibus to pick them up and take them back to school.

"It's just horrible. I am going to fetch him from there and bring him straight home but we don't know the full details yet. The traffic around the area is horrendous."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

“There were 25 patients, from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.

“The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.”

In a statement this morning, the school said: "Please be aware that a number of our Year 9 and Year 12 students that are on an art trip have been involved in a serious road traffic accident this morning.

“We are working to support those directly affected.

“Please support us by not ringing into school as this closes our lines. More information will be provided via the school website.”

Eyewitness Alex Jeffers, 19, said he heard a "loud bang" at the time of the crash.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “As I was walking across, I heard a loud bang behind me.

"I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop.

“Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop. I went over to the minibus to see if there was anything I could do.”

Birmingham City Council have confirmed the bin lorry involved in the crash belonged to the local authority.

A spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of a teenage girl this morning on Kingsbury Road and our thoughts are with her family, friends and all those affected.

“As a City Council trade waste vehicle was involved in the incident we will be fully co-operating with all investigations.

“We ask for drivers’ patience while we work with the Police to deal with the highways implications in this very sensitive situation.”