Cambridgeshire

School children injured as coach overturns on A10 in Norfolk

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Media captionA coach carrying 42 children on a trip to the seaside overturns on the A10 in Norfolk injuring only the driver.

A coach with 42 schoolchildren, five teachers and a parent on board overturned and crashed into a ditch off the A10 in Norfolk on Tuesday morning.

The children from William Westley Primary School, in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, were on a trip to Hunstanton.

Children and staff suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened at about 10:50 BST in Hilgay.

The driver was cut free and treated for back injuries in hospital.

The coach was one of five carrying children on a school trip.

Image caption An air ambulance was called to the scene
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Image caption The children were on a school trip to Hunstanton

Three ambulances, an air ambulance, an ambulance officer, and two rapid response vehicles were called to the scene, which was near Downham Market.

The passengers were able to leave the coach immediately, police said.

A number of them were treated for shock at the scene.

One child was taken to hospital "as a precaution because of a pre-existing medical condition", Terry Hicks, from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, said.

"Everyone was very calm and the children were a credit to both their parents and their teachers."

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Image caption The children were travelling from their Whittlesford Primary School to the Norfolk coast

The coaches were from Royston-based company Richmond's.

A spokesman from the Confederation of Passenger Transport said the drivers of the four other coaches assisted with the safe evacuation of the passengers.

The trip was called off and the children have been taken back to the school.

Image caption The children were taken back to the school after the accident

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