School bus falls down embankment in Abercarn

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  • Stagecoach bus falls down embankment near Abercarn
  • Pupils from Abercarn Primary school onboard
  • No injuries reported

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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."

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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."

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The bus which slid down an embankment in Abercarn this morning. Pic - Mark Lewis.

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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.

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We now know the bus came off Llanfach Road having just travelled along Gwyddon Road. Reports say Llanfach Road hadn't been gritted.

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The bus is 52-seater, but only around 20 pupils were onboard.

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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.

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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.

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10:37am Mon 21 Jan 13

sightseeker says...

bloody stupid. It snows and its too dangerous for children to attend school. The snow is now ice and its safe enough for children to walk to school. Bloody idiots!!
bloody stupid. It snows and its too dangerous for children to attend school. The snow is now ice and its safe enough for children to walk to school. Bloody idiots!! sightseeker

10:44am Mon 21 Jan 13

Furface says...

Good news that no injuries have been reported.
Good news that no injuries have been reported. Furface

10:45am Mon 21 Jan 13

gingertom says...

Bus drivers are taking their lives in their hands on these untreated roads.
This is the reason I complained about newbridge on saturday page.
Caerphilly cbc has to sort this out.
We are forgotten about in the old islwyn in every respect. It is not good enough!

I hope everyone involved are okay.
Bus drivers are taking their lives in their hands on these untreated roads. This is the reason I complained about newbridge on saturday page. Caerphilly cbc has to sort this out. We are forgotten about in the old islwyn in every respect. It is not good enough! I hope everyone involved are okay. gingertom

10:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

sightseeker says...

sightseeker wrote:
bloody stupid. It snows and its too dangerous for children to attend school. The snow is now ice and its safe enough for children to walk to school. Bloody idiots!!
meant travel to school
[quote][p][bold]sightseeker[/bold] wrote: bloody stupid. It snows and its too dangerous for children to attend school. The snow is now ice and its safe enough for children to walk to school. Bloody idiots!![/p][/quote]meant travel to school sightseeker

12:30pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Davidian47 says...

We have this terrible obsession in keeping schools open when it snows.

I have know Headteachers that insist that a school will stay open.

Look at the weather forcast and plan.

A childs education is not going to suffer as a result of a few extra days off.

All comes back to common sense.
We have this terrible obsession in keeping schools open when it snows. I have know Headteachers that insist that a school will stay open. Look at the weather forcast and plan. A childs education is not going to suffer as a result of a few extra days off. All comes back to common sense. Davidian47

1:28pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Everyone needs to buy all weather tyres to at least ave a chance of getting nippers to school. Nonsense to keep em at home!!!!
Everyone needs to buy all weather tyres to at least ave a chance of getting nippers to school. Nonsense to keep em at home!!!! Goldy_Lookin_Clart

8:00pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Robodad says...

Davidian, what EXACTLY is common sense? Is it so sort of sense that is common to us all because some of us more educated people seem to have more sense than others posting stupid thoughts on this site. Please, explain to me what common sense means or stop trotting out this mindless drivel
Davidian, what EXACTLY is common sense? Is it so sort of sense that is common to us all because some of us more educated people seem to have more sense than others posting stupid thoughts on this site. Please, explain to me what common sense means or stop trotting out this mindless drivel Robodad

8:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Robodad says...

Oops, typo, that should read: "Is it some...
Oops, typo, that should read: "Is it some... Robodad

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