Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight coach carrying schoolchildren crashes

The coach being towed away from the scene of the crash in Victoria Grove
Image caption Two staff members attempted to steer the coach and apply the handbrake

Four children were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a coach crashed into a bus shelter on the Isle of Wight when the driver fell ill.

About 30 children, aged nine and 10, from Queensgate Foundation Primary School were on board the coach when it crashed in East Cowes at 1250 BST.

A "small number" of children with minor injuries were also treated at the scene in Victoria Grove, the council said.

They were being taken to a swimming class at the time.

No-one was at the bus shelter.

All parents of the children involved have been informed and the children who were taken to hospital have since been allowed to go home.

Apply handbrake

Police said they believed the 55-year-old coach driver, from Sandown, had become ill while driving the single-decker coach.

His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

The Isle of Wight Council praised the actions of staff members Dawn Jacobs and George Lloyd who attempted to steer the coach and apply the handbrake when they realised the driver was unwell.

All 29 children, who were being taken to swimming lessons at the Waterside Pool in Ryde, were wearing seatbelts at the time, the council said.

It added an investigation was under way.

The road was closed for a short time.

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