Berkshire

Two school coaches crash injuring eight in Berkshire

Coach crash in Bradfield
Image caption Five children and three adults were taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital

Two coaches carrying schoolchildren have been involved in a crash in West Berkshire.

Pupils from Westwood Farm Junior School in Tilehurst were on the coaches which crashed on Ashampstead Road, Bradfield at about 10:00 BST.

Five children and three adults were taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for treatment.

Dr Srneeth Reddyall said they were brought in on spinal boards, with most suffering from whiplash and sprains.

He said the children were aged between seven and nine and one of the adults treated was a coach driver.

All the passengers on the coaches had been wearing seatbelts and were heading to a farm next to Bradfield College, he added.

The road was closed for investigation and the removal of about eight litres of spilled engine oil.

Image caption Police said the school had contacted the children's families

Seven ambulances, two fire engines, and the Thames Valley and Chiltern air ambulance were called to the scene where 71 people were medically assessed.

Thames Valley Police said the school was aware of the crash and had contacted the children's families.

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