Essex

Epping bus crash driver and pupils injured

A bus driver has suffered "life-changing injuries" and two pupils have been seriously hurt in a crash between two buses in Essex.

A school bus and a commercial bus collided in Epping Road, Coopersale, near Epping, at 16:30 GMT.

The driver of the commercial bus was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance.

A teenage girl on the school bus and another pupil suffered serious injuries, Essex Police said.

Both have been taken to hospital in Harlow.

Essex Police said they were trying to establish how many passengers had been on the commercial bus, as several had walked away from the scene towards Epping, where relatives and friends picked them up.

Both buses had been heading towards Epping when the crash happened near a bus stop.

The school bus was believed to have been stationary at the time, a police spokesman added.

"There have been no other reports of serious injuries but police are appealing for any passengers who left the local passenger bus before police arrived to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit," a spokesman said.

Diversions are in place and drivers are urged to avoid Epping, Thornwood and North Weald, as Epping Road is likely to be closed for several hours.

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