School bus falls down embankment in Abercarn
10:23am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
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- Stagecoach bus falls down embankment near Abercarn
- Pupils from Abercarn Primary school onboard
- No injuries reported
A spokesman for Abercarn Primary School and Caerphilly Council said they have issued advice to school bus operators to review their routes in light of the continuing weather conditions.
He added: "We can confirm that a bus carrying 16 pupils was involved in an accident this morning. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, but 3 of the children had minor injuries and were treated by a local GP. All the pupils involved have been sent home from school and are with their families.
"We cannot speculate on the cause of the accident as this is being investigated by Gwent Police."
A spokesperson for Stagecoach in South Wales said: "We can confirm that one of our buses was involved in an incident in Abercarn this morning. The incident happened on Twyn Hill around 9am. Road conditions in the area are reported to have been icy with surfaces untreated.
"Safety is our number one priority and all passengers were led safely from the vehicle. There are no reports of any injuries to those on board and the vehicle remained upright at all times. As a matter of course, we will be assisting the police with their investigation into the incident."
The Abercarn bus is now stuck on concrete so another truck is needed to pull it free— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
Not a great pic but you can see the Abercarn school bus on the verge, below which are two houses http://t.co/YY1dRO5u— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
VIDEO: starting to recover the Abercarn school bus http://t.co/NJhJjgmm— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
The Abercarn school bus being slowly winched back up the verge to the road http://t.co/VYXmEx3n— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
A firefighter putting up a cordon across the road http://t.co/EVDhHnp0— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
The Abercarn bus recovery is slow moving as rescue teams try to ensure it is safe to move— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
Gwyddon Road is closed while a recovery vehicle moves the bus which is balancing at the top of a verge with around a 30ft drop— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
Firefighters from the Malpas rescue tender supervising the bus rescue http://t.co/dpjwu6Yg— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
The bus which slid down an embankment in Abercarn this morning. Pic - Mark Lewis.
The school bus carrying Abercarn Primary School pupils which slid down a verge in Abercarn this morning http://t.co/bQqgTveg— @ArgusNCrockett 21 January 2013
Gwent Police say the school bus was carrying 20 children between 8 and 12 years old and three adults.
The bus went down the verge onto the side of Twyn Road.
Three children were taken to a local GP and no injuries are reported.
There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing. The road is closed while the bus is recovered.
We now know the bus came off Llanfach Road having just travelled along Gwyddon Road. Reports say Llanfach Road hadn't been gritted.
The bus is 52-seater, but only around 20 pupils were onboard.
The children have been taken to St Lukes doctors' surgery.
Units from Abercarn, Risca and Malpas with a rescue tender with lifting unit and rope recovery team attended.
Firecrews are now waiting for a recovery vehicle.
A SCHOOL bus has fallen down an embankment at Llanfach near Abercarn.
Fire crews were called at 9am after the bus carrying children left on Gwyddon Road.
The Stagecoach bus was carrying pupils from Abercarn Primary School. All children were off before the fire services arrived.