Students Injured In After Bus Hits Bridge In Darlington

Concerns Raised Over Similarities With Chesterfield Crash


A full investigation needs to be carried out into a bus crash in Darlington which left 12 people with minor injuries, an expert at Irwin Mitchell has urged.

One girl was left with a broken collar bone after the double-decker bus travelling to the town’s Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College struck a railway bridge on Neasham Road. Ten other students and the driver suffered minor injuries.

Durham Police undertook an assessment on the bridge after the incident, which saw the roof of the coach ripped off.

Specialists at Irwin Mitchell, who represent the families of a number of schoolchildren hurt in a similar incident when a double-decker vehicle hit a railway bridge in Chesterfield in March, are now calling for answers to be provided that will ensure the same type of incident will not be seen again.

Gary Walker, a solicitor with expertise in group claims, said: “It is massively concerning to see another incident in which a double-decker has hit a bridge, just months after a similar incident in Chesterfield incident.

“The parents of all of the students affected by the crash will no doubt be demanding answers as to how this happened, as well as some reassurances from the travel company involved that the safety of the children affected is a top priority.

“Ultimately, it is vital that lessons are learnt which will go some way to preventing the same mistakes from being made again.”

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