Wimborne school bus crash: Car driver and pupils hurt

Cranborne Road crash scene
Image caption The bus was carrying 45 pupils to school at the time of the crash

A car driver has been seriously injured and a number of pupils hurt in a crash in Dorset.

The car and a school bus collided in Horton at about 08:00 BST. The female car driver was taken to hospital in Poole in a critical condition.

Twenty six pupils from Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne suffered injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to a suspected spinal injury.

Nine pupils and the bus driver were taken to hospital.

The vehicle, owned by Sea View Coaches, was carrying 45 pupils, aged 14-18, from the Alderholt area.

Sitting exams

Andy Puttock, head teacher of Queen Elizabeth's School, said the pupils were "shocked" after the crash.

Some pupils were due to sit examinations later in the day.

Mr Puttock said special arrangements would be made for pupils who did not feel they were able to sit their exams as planned.

Other pupils who were delayed in getting to school because of the crash were able to sit their exams later

The pupils were initially taken to the Horton Inn public house, where they were treated by paramedics.

Manager Tony Stone said he heard the crash on Cranborne Road, then offered the use of the pub to shelter the children.

"They were quite upset and a little bit stressed," he said.

Dorset County Council said counsellors would be available to help support students in dealing with the trauma.

The B3078 has been closed and traffic diversions put in place.

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