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Pupils hurt in school bus crash

school bus scene
Image caption The school bus overturned and ended up in a field

Six pupils have been taken to hospital after a school bus overturned and landed in a field in Aberdeenshire.

The double-decker, carrying about 34 pupils from Mearns Academy, crashed at Garvock Hill near Laurencekirk at about 1600 BST.

Police said those taken to hospital were suffering from back and shoulder injuries. They said 13 other children were being treated for minor injuries.

Heavy rain and wind were believed to have been "a factor" in the crash.

The pupils are boys and girls aged between 12 and 17.

Insp Ian Kirkwood said it could "potentially have been a serious incident".

He added: "Thankfully all the emergency services have worked well together with the assistance of Mearns Academy and it would appear that none of the children have serious injuries as a result of this incident."

Aberdeenshire Council acknowledged there had been concerns expressed by parents about the use of double-deckers on this route.

A statement said: "Assessments had been carried out and arrangements agreed with the bus operator. We will clearly be reviewing these in consultation with the police and bus operator in light of this incident."

The council also said all seats on the bus were fitted with seatbelts.